ESPN insider article on best rookies
PG: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
SG: Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
It is frequently written in this space that rookies often have the game to shine but lack the opportunity to show it. Thompson's season makes that point easy to see. He has more than doubled his scoring average since Monta Ellis was traded and become one of the best shooters in the league. He's also someone Golden State can feature in "single-double" action (where he can use one guy as a screen on one side of the floor or two screens on the other side) for years to come, which will help his teammates get clean looks when defenses are focused on stopping that play. Steph Curry and Thompson could soon be the best-shooting backcourt in the league.
SF: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
PF: Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets
C: Gustavo Ayon, New Orleans Hornets