NBA Rookie Rankings: Return of The Brow
7. (UR) Anthony Davis (NO): Davis finally returned from the ankle injury that sidelined him for over three weeks, and quickly returned to playing the same number of minutes he was playing before the injury. He's scored in double figures in all four games since returning, and has three blocked shots in two of those contests. Last week, Davis averaged 12.5 points (51.5% shooting), 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.3 steals. He's going to have to prove to me that he can stay on the court to make another run at the top spot like he was earlier in the season.
8. (6) Jonas Valanciunas (TOR): Head coach Dwane Casey said he was going to be limiting JV's minutes, and despite a 15 point (6-6 shooting) night, Casey followed through on his word, as Valanciunas has played only 30 minutes over the past two games combined. He averaged 6.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game last week, but barely playing over the past two, he got jumped by Drummond and Davis. JV is still very effective when he's on the court, but it seems Casey wants to bring him along slowly.
9. (7) Harrison Barnes (GS): Barnes showed us a flash of his upside Saturday, putting up 19 points on 8-14 shooting, but that was after being unable to top eight points in any of his first three games last week. He shot only 40.5% from the floor over all four of last week's games, and his 2.8 rebounds per game were quite disappointing for a 6'8'' player. He keeps occasionally reminding us why he was drafted 7th overall, but I'll need to see more consistency out of him if he wants another run at the top five.
10. (UR) Andrew Nicholson (ORL): The St. Bonaventure product is finally getting some consistent minutes, and he's proving that he deserves them, scoring in double figures in three of his past five games. Over his past six games, he's averaging 12.0 points on 60.8% shooting. He averaged 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in his three games last week. As long as he keeps getting a decent amount of minutes, he has a real shot of becoming one of the top rookies in the league.
Just Missed the Cut: Jeff Taylor (SG/SF - CHA), Kyle Singler (SF - DET), Tyler Zeller (PF/C - CLE)
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