Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was off to a promising start in his rookie season last year, rushing for 354 yards in four games before suffering a torn ACL on October 1. He’s now making solid progress toward getting healthy for his second season.
Sachin Chandan, ESPN The Magazine researcher: I’m also going with William Karlsson here. While he has been outscored by his linemate Marchessault, Karlsson has kept up his own scoring pace while feeding the success of his linemates. He has assisted on 37.5 percent of Marchessault’s goals and 50 percent of Reilly Smith’s goals, opening up scoring chances even when he’s not shooting. And he still shoots; Karlsson is third on the Golden Knights with 44 shots, cashing in on six of them.
Karlsson is also a big part of the Golden Knights’ neutral zone defense. Vegas is far and away the leader in takeaways in the playoffs, and a big part of that is their aggression in the neutral zone. Karlsson is tied with Schmidt as the leader in takeaways during the postseason, driving the play back for Vegas. He has been trusted with significant penalty-kill and power-play time, and has maintained his strong play.
Consistency in the weight room, that is the biggest thing, Kuzma said on Tuesday of what he has seen out of Ball this offseason so far. He has been in there pretty much every day I have been in here around this time. You can tell he is taking the weight room a lot more serious and that is going to help him by allowing him to recover faster and hopefully next year be on the court more because of that weight room.
When the Lakers’ season ended, team president Magic Johnson told Ball that this would be the biggest summer of his life. The Lakers want to see Ball — who was Womens Vic Beasley Jersey limited to a total of 52 games due to injuries but still earned second-team All-Rookie honors after averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds — add more muscle to his wiry frame in hopes of improving his ability to stay on the court.
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When the Lakers’ season started, the team’s rookies all wrote down a goal of theirs. Kuzma’s target was to make the All-Rookie team. On Tuesday, Kuzma was named first-team All-Rookie, joining Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen. Kuzma had the fourth-most first-place votes.
Elite Womens Wes Horton Jersey From day one, they let me be who I am, Kuzma said of the freedom Luke Walton and the Lakers’ coaching staff gave him after the team held another draft workout this week. A lot of rookies don’t come into the league and have that type of leeway that Coach Walton and his staff really gave me.