The Rookie Power Rankings are back, and this time it counts. No more preseason, no more meaningless games. We're ready to see whose got the right stuff. There's been a bit of movement since the preseason, some new faces show up, and some big names dropped off (Anthony Bennett did finally make a shot, though).
So join me now, as we look into the crystal basketball and have our first (real) look at the future of the NBA.
Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
|Remember last time when Kevin Nesgoda said that there's no way MCW would make the list next time around? Well, that shows how much Kevin Nesgoda knows. MCW was named Eastern Conference Player (not just Rookie) of the Week, averaging 19.8 PPG (leads all rookies), 7.6 APG (leads all rookies) and 3.0 SPG (leads all rookies). Notice a pattern? He also led the 76ers to a hot 3-0 start, including a Title Belt victory over the Miami Heat. Oh, and about that broken jump shot? Well, he's shooting 40% from the field and 36% from three.|
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
Oladipo continues to look solid in all aspects of the game. He is averaging 13.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. He is also shooting 46% from the field and a rookie-leading 38% from downtown. He also looks like a leader on the floor and has the Magic sitting at 3-2.
Vitor Faverani, Boston Celtics
|Hang on, hear me out. Faverani leads all rookies in rebounds (6.4 per game) and blocks (2.2 per game). Granted, he's only averaging 7.6 points (although that's good for sixth amongst rookies), but he's also giving the Celtics 0.8 steals and 0.8 assists (decent numbers for a big man) and shooting 48% from the field.|
Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings
|We all know B-Mac can score the ball. He is averaging 10.0 points per game, but in only 20 minutes per. That equals out to about 17.3 points per 36 minutes. He's shooting 42% from the field and 33% from three. He's only shot four free throws thus far, but he's only made one! McLemore needs to decide if he's going to just be a spot-up shooter or try to become an all-around scorer and if it's the latter, 25% from the free throw line just will not do.|
Nate Wolters, Milwaukee Bucks
|Another surprise name. No one expected Wolters to contribute right away. He was a second round draft pick, 38th overall, but has started half of the Bucks games so far and has been able to score 9.8 points per on 37% shooting. His three point shooting is a little dreadful, only 2 for 10, but he is shooting 92% from the free throw line and averaging 6.5 assists.|