- David Thorpe, NBA
When Adam Morrison was an NBA rookie, he averaged 14.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists (per 36 minutes), made 37.6 percent of his field goals and hit 33.7 percent of his 3s. His team won 40 percent of its games and went 7-16 in games he started.
This season, rookie Jimmer Fredette is averaging 14.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists (per 36 minutes), makes 38.3 percent of his shots and hits 37.4 percent of his 3s. His team is winning 35 percent of its games and has gone 1-5 in games he's started. He has lost most of his rotation minutes to a 5-9 player who was the last pick of the NBA draft.
Morrison had a rookie PER of 7.9, and Fredette is at 11.0. Morrison was the worst defensive player on a team, the Charlotte Bobcats, that ranked 18th in defensive efficiency while Fredette is the worst defensive player on a team, the Sacramento Kings, ranked 28th in defensive efficiency.
Breaking down the disappointing season of the Kings' popular rookie.