NBA Rookie Rankings (Nov. 12)

NBA Rookie Rankings

11/12/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Now that most of the big name rookies have several games under their belts, it's about time we start taking a look at who is making the best transition to the NBA level. Granted, many of these players are playing far less minutes than they will be by season's end, so this list very well may be completely shaken up by April, but this is how the NBA's newcomers stack up as of now.

Blog Photo - NBA Rookie Rankings (Nov. 12)1. Damian Lillard (PG - POR): Lillard was a popular pick for rookie of the year due to his NBA-ready game, and he's proving to be a deserving frontrunner for the honor. His performances in the first couple of games had him in the company of Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas, and while he has slowed down a bit, he's still performing at a very high level. His 18.8 points per game lead all rookies, as do his 7.0 assists per contest. When watching the Trail Blazers play, you can tell that they already trust the young rookie and want him to run their offense. It's still early, but as of now it looks like the Blazers found their point guard of the future.

2. Anthony Davis (PF - NO): Davis probably would have topped this list if not for a concussion he sustained in his second game of the season. He's averaging 17.3 points per game on 52.8% shooting, along with 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, and 1.3 steals. Those numbers are also dragged down by the game in which Davis got his concussion, as he played less than 15 minutes that night. In his two full games, Davis is averaging 22 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks. He's been completely worth the hype so far and could easily top this list by next week.

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF - CHA): Anthony Davis' college teammate jumped up this list thanks to the 25 points and 12 rebounds he put up on Saturday night. The Bobcats have remained the worst defensive team in the league, but it's not Kidd-Gilchrist's fault - MKG already has two games with three blocks and has a five-steal game to his credit. His 12.2 points per game are fifth amount rookies, and his 7.6 rebounds are only topped by Anthony Davis. Keep in mind that MKG turned 19 years old less than two months ago - he's got a very bright future.

4. Dion Waiters (SG - CLE): Waiters turned heads a week ago when he went off for 28 points and hit 7 of 11 shots from downtown. He has another 23 point game since then. He's been proving me and all his other doubters wrong by showing his lethal scoring potential every few games. His scoring has been up and down, but he's shooting a very solid 48.8% from the field and an excellent 53.1% from three. His 15.4 points per game are third among rookies. His biggest concern right now should be his free throw shooting, which is at 60%.

5. Bradley Beal (SG - WAS): Beal really struggled through his first two games, shooting a combined 2 of 13 from the field to score 10 points. However, he's been on a roll the past three games, averaging 18.3 points on 47.5% shooting. The Wizards may be 0-5, but at least fans can look forward to seeing their young shooting guard take the floor.
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