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Next steps for the NBA's three best rookies

With the 2023-24 NBA season coming to a close this month, the members of this rookie class are wrapping up their first season. As they embark on the rest of their NBA journey, they must continue to develop and define their careers. For the top three rookies from last season, those developments are even more important.

Here's one thing each of the top three rookies needs to work on in their next steps.

Victor Wembanyama, San Antonio Spurs: Shot Selection

April 12, 2024; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Victor Wembanyama (1) and teammates react after a win over the Denver Nuggets at Frost Bank Center. Mandatory Photo Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

April 12, 2024; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Victor Wembanyama (1) and teammates react after a win over the Denver Nuggets at Frost Bank Center. Mandatory Photo Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports / Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a historically unprecedented Rookie of the Year season, there isn't much to criticize about Wembanyama's game. He is already well on his way to NBA dominance. However, he can still work on the quality of his shots. His True Shooting Percentage this season was just 56.5%, which isn't bad by any means. However, as a 7'4″ unstoppable physical force, he has a lot of room to improve his efficiency by shooting higher percentages. In the future, he can look to make more shots closer to the basket as well as more assists as he continues to ascend to the NBA's best.

Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma City Thunder: Strength

May 18, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Chet Holmgren (7) shoots as Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving (11) defends during the first quarter of Game 6 of the second round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

May 18, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Chet Holmgren (7) shoots as Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving (11) defends during the first quarter of Game 6 of the second round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Rookie Of The Year runner-up's biggest weakness is clear. It's almost a cliche that Holmgren needs to gain strength, but that doesn't make it any less true. He's excellent at defending the basket, but he can be easily overwhelmed due to a lack of strength down low and on the boards. More muscle would also allow Holmgren to add a new dimension to his game when it comes to overpowering smaller opponents.

Brandon Miller, Charlotte Hornets: Defense

April 7, 2024; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward Brandon Miller (24) reacts to a whistle during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Photo Credit: Scott Kinser-USA TODAY Sports

April 7, 2024; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward Brandon Miller (24) reacts to a whistle during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Photo Credit: Scott Kinser-USA TODAY Sports / Scott Kinser-USA TODAY Sports

Miller will be looking to lead the Hornets out of their playoff drought and will need to set the tone. As a rookie, he did a great job of being a vocal leader and setting the tone in terms of intensity. To further that effort, he should look to parlay his physical skills into a more consistent defensive impact. He had many periods of effective defense throughout the year, but that success seemed to wane at some point.

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