NBA Rookie Rankings (Nov. 19)

Rankings the rooks: NBA Rookie Report

11/19/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

One of the biggest issues that young NBA players have to deal with is inconsistency. That being said, my NBA Rookie Rankings will probably see quite a few shakeups early in the season while these young players are adjusting to the NBA lifestyle. Here are my top ten rookies as of November 19th:

1. Damian Lillard (PG - POR): Lillard's play has come down to earth a little bit, but he's still worthy of the top spot on this list. He has averaged 19.3 points on 47.5% shooting over the past week, and has led his team to a 3-1 record over that span. His biggest problem has been his assist to turnover ratio, which was 4.8:3.5 last week, but it remains at 6.1:3.3 on the season, so I couldn't drop him out of this position on the list. On the season, Lillard is now averaging 19 points (44.7% shooting), 6.1 assists, and 1.5 steals, while playing by far the most minutes (37.5) of any rookie.
November 16, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis (23) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first quarter of a game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
2. Anthony Davis (PF - NO): Davis almost lost his top two position after two bad shooting games to start the week, but his Saturday night performance reminded us why he was the top pick in the draft. Davis scored 28 points (71% shooting) with 11 rebounds and went 8-9 from the free throw line against the Bucks on Saturday. Davis is now averaging 16.0 points (49.3% shooting), 8.3 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game on the season.

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF - CHA): MKG has been a bit inconsistent and got himself into some foul trouble last week, but in the two games that he played over 20 minutes, he averaged 13.5 points (67% shooting), 8.0 rebounds, and a block. Through eight games, the Bobcats are just three wins away from matching last year's total, and the play of Kidd-Gilchrist is one of the key reasons why. The NBA's youngest player is now averaging 11.3 points (49.3% shooting), 7.0 rebounds (2nd among rookies), 1.6 blocks (2nd among rookies), and 1.1 steals (3rd among rookies).

4. Alexey Shved (PG/SG - MIN): The little-known Russian combo guard has really started to find his rhythm over the past week, during which he scored at least 13 points in each of his three games. His standout performance was a 22 points, 7 assist, 3 rebound game against the Warriors on Friday night. His field goal percentage remains a concern, though he has shot 48.1% from the field over his past two games. Earning more minutes as the season goes on, Shved could eventually make a push into the top three. He's now averaging 10.4 points (38.3% shooting), 4.2 assists, and 3.1 rebounds on the season.

5. Harrison Barnes (SF - GS): Barnes barely squeezed himself into the top ten last week, but has since proven that he deserves to be on this list. He averaged 16.3 points and 7.7 rebounds last week, shooting the ball an impressive 51.4% from the field. He could have jumped Alexey Shved if not for a somewhat disappointing 12 point, 1 rebound performance on Sunday, but his early week performances can't be overlooked. Now averaging 10.7 points (48.2% shooting) and 4 rebounds on the year, Barnes should be in for more minutes and more solid performances.
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