NBA Rookie Rankings (Nov. 19)

Rankings the rooks: NBA Rookie Report

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

6. Dion Waiters (SG - CLE): Waiters was all the rage at the beginning of the season, but has since played a little closer to how I expected coming into the year. He's averaged 9.7 points on 15.0 shots over his past three games, shooting an abysmal 20% from the field. He averaged 1.7 steals over that span, but solid defense can't quite make up for that type of offensive inefficiency. He's still 3rd among rookies with 13.7 points per game, which is why he didn't drop farther down than 6th on this list, but his 38.8% shooting, 2.0 assists, and 2.2 rebounds combined to knock him out of the top five.

7. Bradley Beal (SG - WAS): Beal has followed a path similar to that of Waiters, putting together some great performances, but hitting a wall over the past week. Beal's shooting struggles have him getting far less minutes than he was two weeks ago, and as a result, his numbers have dropped significantly across the board. He scored 7.3 points per game on 22.6% shooting last week, and didn't put up halfway decent numbers in any other category. His 10.9 points per game (5th among rookies) on the season is the only reason he's still on this list, but if he doesn't get his game turned around this week, he's in danger of dropping out of the top ten.
Oct 18, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Detroit Pistons power forward Andre Drummond (1) dunks over Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
8. Andre Drummond (C - DET): I had a hard time deciding where to put Drummond, because he only gets 15.4 minutes per game, but he's very efficient the little time he has on the court. His best performance was over a week ago, in which he put up 22 points and 8 rebounds, but he has since been solid when called upon. His per-36-minutes averages are what got him into the top ten. Based on the 15.4 minutes per game that Drummond plays, he would be on pace to average 15.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, and 1.9 steals if given 36 minutes per game (about the same amount of minutes as Lillard). Combine that with his 69.8 field goal percentage, and Drummond has found himself in the top ten. He averages 6.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.0 block on the season.

9. Jonas Valanciunas (C - TOR): JV has four games with less than 5 points, three games with more than 9 points, and three games in between, making him one of the more inconsistent rookies in the league. However, his spotty good performances have him in the top ten in points, rebounds, blocked shots, and field-goal percentage among rookies. He needs show up on the court on a more consistent basis, but he's certainly worthy of a top ten spot at this point in the season. His season averages are 7.6 points (46.2% shooting), 5.1 rebounds, and .6 blocks.

10. Kyle Singler (SF/PF - DET): Singler has now put together three straight games with 14+ points, propelling him to 8th among rookies in scoring. He hasn't contributed much else in the way of statistics, but he's extremely efficient with his shots and has on-court intangibles that simply don't show up on the stat sheets. On the season, Singler is averaging 9.7 points (51.9% shooting, 47.8% from three), 2.7 rebounds, and .8 blocks.

Just Missed the Cut: Jae Crowder (SF/PF - DAL), Tyler Zeller (PF/C - CLE), Brian Roberts (PG -NO)

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