3. Stephon Marbury (Nov. 1996 – Feb. 1997)
When he was selected as the fourth overall player in the 1996 NBA Draft, Brooklyn-born Stephon Marbury was thinking all about his future NBA career. And 13 seasons in the NBA is a very solid span of time. But It would never have gotten off the ground if not for an outstanding rookie season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 6-foot-2 180-pound point guard started 64 games for the Timberwolves and showcased a full range of point guard skills that would have made a seasoned veteran proud. Not only was he able to put points on the board, but he was able to involve his teammates as well, dishing out nearly eight assists in just his rookie season.
67 games | 34.7 MPG | 15.8 PPG | 2.7 RPG | 7.8 APG |1.0 SPG | 0.3 BPG | 40.8 FG% | 35.4 3P%
His first season with the Timberwolves helped to get the team into the NBA Playoffs. Once there, he ramped up his game even higher, putting up 21.3 points to go with 7.7 assists per game.
While he would play just under three seasons for the Timberwolves, his rookie season was certainly impressive. After a long NBA career, he has found a new basketball career playing in the Chinese basketball league.