Is 2013-14 worst rookie class ever?

Few bright spots make this season an ugly one for rooks

Updated: April 2, 2014, 2:08 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

McLemore & Bennett & OladipoGetty ImagesBen McLemore, Anthony Bennett and Victor Oladipo represent an underachieving class of rookies.

If this season's NBA rookie class still were in school, it would have to repeat the grade. From top overall pick Anthony Bennett on down, it's been a rough season for this season's rookies -- so rough that, collectively, they've rated worse than replacement level as a group. That's not quite unprecedented, but it's close.

Worst rookie class ever? Not quite


The saving grace for this season's rookies is the 2000 draft, once described by FreeDarko as leaving "a legacy of ruin and evil." That draft, which included busts Marcus Fizer, Darius Miles and Stromile Swift in the top five, produced at a rate 17.3 wins worse than replacement level by my wins above replacement player (WARP) metric as rookies -- a mark that's unlikely to ever be topped.