NBA Rookie Power Rankings for 12/19/2013

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For the first time this season, someone other than Michael Carter-Williams sits at the top of the list.

Rank Prev Player Reason
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Trey Burke, Utah Jazz

I hate to say it, guys, but it may be time to admit Kevin was right.  It may be somewhat of a controversial pick, with Carter-Williams still leading in a few categories, but Burke has been on FIRE lately.  He had a rough go of it against Miami, but who doesn't?  He bounced back by scoring a career high 30 points to go with 8 assists and 7 rebounds.  He has now passed Victor Oladipo in points per game (13.5).  He may not have as many assists as MCW (5.1 vs 7.3) but he has fewer turnovers (only 1.4 vs 3.7).  His assist to turnover ratio is 3.24 compared to Carter-Williams's 1.87.  He also shoots at a better percentage from three (35.8% vs 32.4%) and the free throw line (90.3% vs 67.1%).
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Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers

Carter-Williams continues to sit with a skin infection, which doesn't allow him to bring his numbers up, but at the same time doesn't allow him to bring them down either.  Thus, he still leads all rookies in scoring (17.7 ppg), assists (7.4 per game), steals (3.1 per game) and rebounds (5.8 per game).
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Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic

Oladipo has struggled lately, as over the last 3 games he has scored 15, 8 and 3.  Last night against Utah (and new leader Trey Burke), he shot 1 for 12 and had a -21 on the night.  He still averages 13.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, but if he doesn't turn things around soon, he could find himself continuing to slide down the list.
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Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks
Hardaway has the highest offensive rating of any rookie at 116.  He averages 8.1 points per game, but in only 17.4 minutes, which equals out to 17.0 points per 36 minutes.  He has been shooting the lights out, averaging 47.4% from the field and 42.7% from downtown.  If he wants to climb much higher, though, he's going to have to do more than score the ball.  Hardaway is only averaging 1.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.5 steals per game.
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Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics

You can't keep a good Zag down.  Kelly reappears on the list despite limited minutes.  He is averaging 7.1 points per game, but 12.3 per 36.  He is also averaging 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game (8.8 and 2.5 per 36).  He broke his streak of made free throws, but is still shooting 95.7% from there.  He is also shooting 40% from the field.

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