NBA Rookie Rankings: Big names slumping
7. (UR) Kyle Singler (DET): Singler dropped from the top ten last week due to scoring six or less points in two of three games. It now seems that was a bit of a fluke, with Singler dropping 12.3 points per game on 53.1% shooting (50% from three) over the past week (four games). He also averaged 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.8 steals, and is one of the few bright spots for the struggling Pistons.
8. (7) Bradley Beal (WAS): I finally got a chance to see Beal play on Friday when he went up against my Knicks. It seemed to me that part of his shooting struggles came as a result of getting himself into tough scoring situations, going into the bodies of big men down low. Perhaps he's taking some time to adjust to the size of NBA players. Of course, his game against the Knicks was one of his better shooting nights of the season, so I didn't get to see him truly struggle. As far as last week, Beal hasn't been racking up many rebounds, assists, or steals, and he shot only 36.7% from the field. He's still 4th among rookies in scoring, so he'll stick around on the list, but he has to be more efficient and contribute in ways other than scoring to make a push towards the top five.
9. (UR) Alexey Shved (MIN): Shved dropped out of the top ten last week, but has made a return thanks to improvement in his worst area - shooting percentage. Shved, who had shot 37.3% from the field going into to last week, scored 13.7 points per game on 44.8% shooting (52.9% from three) last week. The Russian combo guard can score, pass, rebound, and force some turnovers, so as long as he can shoot efficiently, he should remain in the top ten.
10. (8) Andre Drummond (DET): Drummond simply doesn't play enough minutes (17.6 per game last week) to put up good numbers on a consistent basis, so it's always hard for me to rank him. He really struggles on the offensive end, but certainly has the size and athleticism to deliver a Tyson Chandler-type presence on the court. Though he can't create for himself, he's efficient when he shoots, knocking down 56.8% of his shots on the season. In his two games with 18+ minutes last week, he averaged 8.5 rebounds, and averaged 6.8 in all four combined. He also blocked 1.3 shots per game last week, bringing him to 1.2 blocks in only 16.8 minutes on the season.
Just Missed the Cut: Anthony Davis (PF - NO... hasn't played since Nov. 17; off the list until he gets back on the court), Brian Roberts (PG - NO), Tyler Zeller (PF/C - CLE)
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