NBA.com: Rookie Rankings - February 27, 2006
I know this is way to early but I'm getting tired of beating the dead horse who goes by the name of B.Hill.
Take a look at the linked rookie list, then ask yourself where Darko would fit if he were a brand new rookie? It's a pretty fair question since he has probably played fewer career minutes than any of the current top 10 rooks. It's almost like he came to the Magic as a 20 year old with three years at a great college program. No NBA minutes but readily apparent skill sets and game knowledge you would expect of a junior coming from a top conference.
Since Hill put him in the line-up 4 games ago his per game averages are:
.636 shooting percentage
My belief is if the draft were held over today Chris Paul would be the #1 pick and if Darko were eligible he would be picked as high as #2.
He is already rebounding and blocking shots at a per-minute rate higher than any rookie, his shooting percentage is sky-high at the moment and his comparable points per minute played is in the middle of the top ten rookies.
All without benefit of training camp and knowing his teamates or any of the vaunted Princeton Offense that his coach prefers.