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Youngbloods: Rookie Power Rankings for 1/23/2014

Youngbloods is back, and there's a familiar face at the top.

MCW has a reason to smile
MCW has a reason to smile
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Rank Prev Player Reason
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Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers

MCW regains his position at the top of the heap. After a string of injuries, Carter-Williams has been able to stay healthy and string together a stretch of solid games. Last night in Chicago, he was 3 assists away from a triple-double. On the season he is averaging 17.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.5 steals, all of which lead the rookie class.
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Trey Burke, Utah Jazz

Burke continues to be solid. He is shooting 39% from the field and 35% from beyond the arc. He leads all qualified rookies in free throw percentage at 91%. He is second in assists with 5.6 per game and third in points (13.5). He recorded back-to-back double-doubles last week with games of 17 points/11 assists and 20 points/12 assists respectively.
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Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic

Oladipo is currently second among rookies in scoring, just squeaking past Burke with 13.7 points per game. He is also grabbing 4.4 rebounds and dishing out 3.9 assists. He scored a career-high 35 points last week against Chicago and then followed it up with a double-double (11 points and 10 assists). He flirted with a triple-double last night against Atlanta, recording 24 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds.
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Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks

Hardaway has been one of the best scorers of this class. While he is only averaging 8.2 points per game (which is still good enough for fourth), he is doing so in only 18 minutes. That would put him second in scoring per 36 minutes (behind MCW). He is doing it by shooting 45% from the field and 40% from deep. The thing keeping Hardaway from climbing any higher, however, is that he only averages more than one of one other stat, 1.3 rebounds per game.
5 N/A


Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings

Much like Hardaway, McLemore is a fantastic scorer. He is scoring 7.7 points per game in 24 minutes of work. He is shooting 36% from the field, 35% from deep and 81% from the free throw line. His productivity seems to fluctuate from game to game, but then again so do his minutes. He recorded seven minutes Tuesday night against New Orleans, recording zero points, but then had 11 points in 35 minutes last night against Houston.