NBA Rookie Rankings (Dec. 10)

NBA Rookie Rankings: Beal, Shved on the rise

12/10/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

6. (4) Jonas Valanciunas (TOR): It wasn't too long ago that JV went through a great stretch of games in which he was frequently playing 30+ minutes, but he's averaging only 19.3 minutes over the past week. That's in part due to foul trouble, as the young Lithuanian has picked up five fouls in each of his past two games despite not playing more than 20 minutes in either contest. Over the past week, he's picking up a foul every 4.5 minutes that he's on the floor, and his playing time has been restricted because of it. Despite the recent slump, JV remains top ten in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots among rookies.

7. (5) Harrison Barnes (GS): I didn't drop Barnes too far in the rankings last week because it would have been unfair to drop a rookie for a two game slump. This week, however, Barnes' slump has continued, as he's now averaging just 6.0 points on 31.6% shooting over his past six games. Like Valanciunas, Barnes still ranks top ten among rookies in scoring and rebounding, so he remains on the list, for now.
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8. (10) Andre Drummond (DET): Drummond got a little bump up in minutes this past week, and has responded well, scoring efficiently over his past three games. Offensive ability is the biggest question mark for this young man, but he's increased his field goal attempts lately and has maintained a very strong field goal percentage - made 16 of his 25 shot attempts last week. Drummond also had two games last week in which he had 12 rebounds with 2+ blocked shots. Drummond has a boatload of raw potential, and it seems that he's beginning to tap into it and show it on the court. Among rookies, Drummond is ranked ninth in steals, third in blocks, third in rebounds, and first in field goal percentage. His biggest concern is at the free throw line, from which he shoots an atrocious 39.1%.

9. (6) Jeff Taylor (CHA): I loved what I was seeing out of Taylor as of a week ago, but he really had a tough stretch of games the past week, possibly in part due to the return of former starting shooting guard Gerald Henderson. Taylor averaged 7.8 points (37.5% shooting), 2.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists over four games last week, and only registered one steal and one block over the four games combined. He did pick it up in his final game of the week, with 10 points on 5-7 shooting, so hopefully that's a sign that he's ready to bounce back.

10. (7) Kyle Singler (DET): It's tough to figure Singler out - he's often great for stretches, then struggles terribly. It's actually quite characteristic of rookie. Regardless, it has him bouncing all around my top ten on a weekly basis. Over his past three games, Singler has averaged 4.7 points on 25% shooting, 2.7 rebounds, and not much else. While he did drop this week, don't be surprised if he has a great next couple games and makes a push back up the list.

Just Missed the Cut: Andrew Nicholson (PF - ORL), Tyler Zeller (PF/C - CLE), Nando De Colo (PG/SG - SA)

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