NBA Rookie Rankings: Lillard still on top
7. Bradley Beal (SG - WAS): Beal continues to struggle mightily with his shot (31.3% last week), but like many of the aforementioned rookies, he has been finding other ways to contribute to his team. Beal is averaging 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks over his past two games, and remains 5th among rookies with 11.3 points per game on the season. I haven't watched the 0-11 Wizards play yet this year, but I'm starting to want to check them out to see what's up with Beal's shooting problems - he always impressed me during his one year at Florida.
8. Andre Drummond (C - DET): Drummond continues to be extremely raw offensively (as was expected when the Pistons drafted him), but he's averaged 12.0 rebounds over his past two games in only 21.7 minutes. He blocked three shots against the Knicks on Sunday, and shot 50% or higher in two of his three games last week. He now has per-36-minute averages of 14.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks, along with a 60.9% field goal percentage.
9. Jeff Taylor (SF - CHA): The lone newcomer to the list, Taylor got out to a slow start this season, but scored in double-figures in each of his four games last week. He's also averaged 3.3 rebounds, shot 44.7% from the field (53.8% from three), had a four assist game, and has 2+ steals in each of his past three games. He needs to cut down on fouls, but is rightfully earning more and more minutes in the Bobcats' rotation.
10. Jae Crowder (SF/PF - DAL): Crowder dropped out of my top ten a week ago, in large part due to a big decrease in playing time. Over the past week, however, Crowder has gotten 20+ minutes in each game, and responded with averages of 13.5 points (55.6% shooting), 4.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals.
Just Missed The Cut: Alexey Shved (PG/SG - MIN), Brian Roberts (PG - NO), Kyle Singler (SF/PF - DET)
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