NBA Rookie Rankings
7. Jonas Valanciunas (C - TOR): This 20 year old rookie was actually drafted 5th overall in the 2011 draft, but was not able to play in the NBA last season because of his contract with his professional Lithuanian team. Finally in the NBA, Valanciunas is averaging 8.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in only 20.0 minutes of play. Like Shved, Valanciunas will have to get his shooting percentage (44%) up if he wants to make a push up the list.
8. Tyler Zeller (PF/C - CLE): Zeller was having his best game of the young season last week against the Clippers before suffering a concussion and broken cheek bone that have kept him off the court since that game. Zeller had 15 points (6 of 10 from the field), seven rebounds, and two assists in 24 minutes before getting knocked out. He's now averaging 7.5 points per game on 50% shooting with 4.5 rebounds through four games, and the Cavaliers hope he can return to action for Saturday's game against the Mavericks.
9. Jae Crowder (SF/PF - DAL): Crowder has been playing decent minutes for the Mavericks, even earning a starting role in three of their seven games. The Marquette alum is averaging 7.7 points on 46.7% shooting (41.7% from three) with 2.7 rebounds, and has brought a ton of hustle and energy to his new team. His free throw shooting is down at 40%, but you can expect that to come up a bit, as he shot 73.5% during his final year in college.
10. Harrison Barnes (SF - GS): Barnes, who has played and started in every game for the Warriors, earned himself an increase in minutes after being efficient early in the season. He was rewarded with three straight games getting 29+ minutes, but only averaged 9.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists over that span. He then played only 19 minutes the following game (which went into double overtime), compared to his backup Richard Jefferson's 23 minutes. Despite his struggles, he's sixth among rookies in scoring, which earned him the final spot in the top ten.
Just Missed the Cut: Brian Roberts (PG - NO), Kyle Singler (SF/PF - DET), Andre Drummond (C - DET)