NBA Rookie Rankings (Dec. 17)

NBA Rookie Rankings: Return of The Brow

12/17/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - NBA Rookie Rankings (Dec. 17)6. (8) Andre Drummond (DET): Finally, we have a shakeup in the top ten. Drummond has turned into a monster on the glass and the defensive end of the court in his limited minutes. He's not a threat to create on the offensive end, but is learning to produce efficiently with limited shot attempts. He reminds me more and more of Tyson Chandler every week, and he has the potential to become that sort of presence on the floor. In his past three games, Drummond is averaging 8.7 points (63.2% shooting), 9.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks.

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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12/18/12   |   duke2316

Same goes with Beal as well, he has been the most disappointing rookie so far competing with rivers for the title,no rankings has beal even top ten. This is terrible and frustrating to read, his per is like a 7 for crying out load, the wizards are so much worse with him on the floor and he has not been able to shoot well SINCE high school, come on man. Like really, a star like Drummond at 6, its not April 1st yet I just checked 

12/18/12   |   duke2316

Drummond is way too low. He has a per of over 21 which only budding stars can do and impacts all facets of the game.  Its people like you rewarding inefficient players who are one dimensional and aren't even effective in their one dimension. Waiters has a per of 12 which makes me want to vomit, plays no defense doesn't rebound complains to refs non stop and shoots terrible percentage. There is a reason Drummond is number 2 In a reputable espn thorp rookie rankings, he is one of the best rebounders in ENTIRE nba and his per 36 min stats are the best by far of any rookie and most NBA centers. N I watch him every game, heis a player that can shoot the ball well but struggles with free throws, he'll he swooshed a fade away 3 pointer and plenty of other non dunks n still shoots amazing percentage. This ranking list should be reprimanded