Jimmer, Rubio look good

K.C. Johnson

Chicago Tribune

Every NBA season presents surprises, but the fact Jimmer Fredette is more than just a shooter has to rank up there for this crazy campaign. Fredette still makes rookie mistakes, but his decision-making process is better than projected and he isn't the statue on defense some had predicted.

Another rookie, Ricky Rubio, also has surprised by being better than his considerable hype. Granted, he's a non-traditional rookie, but his ability to keep a live dribble and patiently wait for plays to develop belies his lack of NBA experience. As for disappointments, Joakim Noah has to rank high. In the first season of his five-year, $60 million deal, Noah is consistently fumbling rebounds and not playing with his typical energy and intensity. He's even getting benched consistently for fourth quarters.


Odom, Wall struggling

Baxter Holmes

Los Angeles Times


Ricky Rubio — LeBron James tweeted it best: "Rubio can pass that rock!" But the 21-year-old can shoot too: 46 percent from 3-point range and overall.

Greg StiemsmaKevin Garnett said the 26-year-old rookie can block shots "like no one I've ever seen," but Celtics great Tom Heinsohn thought of someone: Bill Russell.


Lamar Odom — The Lakers traded him for almost nothing to the Mavericks, who haven't gotten much out of the deal either. He's averaging a career-low 6.8 points in a career-low 20 minutes.

John Wall — He was surrounded by an offseason of hype; apparently it was premature. His numbers are down across the board and his team is 1-11.


Heat's Cole provides spark

Joseph Schwerdt

Sun Sentinel

The season is young, so are the Wizards and so is John Wall, but he has shown no progress from his more than respectable rookie season. Wall's numbers are down across the board — points, field-goal percentage, assists. Correction: His turnovers are up.