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Modified: September 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm •  Published: September 29, 2008
How notable point guards have fared recently as rookies.

Player Rookie season Draft position Team
Mike Conley Jr. 2007-08 Fourth overall Memphis
Averaged 9.4 points, 4.2 assists and 26.1 minutes in 53 games, 46 as a starter.
Rajon Rondo 2006-07 21st overall Boston
Split starting role with Delonte West. Averaged 6.4 points and 3.8 assists in 23.5 minutes.
Deron Williams 2005-06 Third overall Utah
Averaged 10.8 points and 4.5 assists in 28.8 minutes while starting 47 of 80 games behind

Keith McLeod and Milt Palacio.

Chris Paul 2005-06 Fourth overall New Orleans
The exception to the rule: 16.1 points, 7.8 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 78

games as a starter.

Kirk Hinrich 2003-04 Seventh overall Chicago
Averages of 12.0 points and 6.8 assists look good but came on 23-win Bulls squad.
T.J. Ford 2003-04 Eighth overall Milwaukee
Solid averages of 7.1 points and 6.5 assists in 55 starts on a 41-win team.
Steve Francis 1999-00 Second overall Houston
Started all 77 games he played and averaged 18.0 points, 6.6 assists and

5.3 rebounds.

Baron Davis 1999-00 Third overall Charlotte
Didn't start a game but played all 82 behind veteran David Wesley. Averaged 5.9 points,

3.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds.

Mike Bibby 1998-99 Second overall Vancouver
Averaged 13.2 points and 6.5 assists on an eight-win Grizzlies team.
Jason Williams 1998-99 Seventh overall Sacramento
Once celebrated for his flashiness but also had solid averages of 12.8 points and

6.0 assists.


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