The (Other) Rookie Surprise Playoff Performance

04.20.09 10 years ago 6 Comments

Headed into the playoffs we pinpointed Michael Beasley as the most important rookie of the playoffs, figuring that he has the power to swing the series in Miami’s favor if he plays up to his potential. B-Easy tried to establish himself early and often, but only ended up contributing to the blowout, as he shot 5-15 from the field.

So, aside from Derrick Rose‘s historic playoff opener against the defending champs, which rookie blasted out of the gates in round one with an impressive outing? Orlando’s Courtney Lee (18 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal) was the most aggressive ball handler on the court for stretches of times, going hard to the rack past Andre Miller pretty much whenever he wanted. While Beasley settled for jumper after jumper in his playoff debut, Lee refused to settle (except for when he spotted up for a wide-open look). Lee looked like a point guard in a two’s body, offering a nice change of pace from Rafer or Anthony Johnson – two guys who don’t explode to the rim like the rookie does.

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