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13. Markieff Morris: PF, Phoenix Suns 21.2 MPG, 7.5 PPG, 5.1 RPG
After a relatively fast start (and I say relative in comparison with his twin brother, Marcus, who was sent and re-called from the D-League), the better of the two twins has cooled off. His shooting from deep has slowed down and his rebound rate has dropped as well. Still, he's getting minutes, and I think he may be growing a bit fatigued from the compact 66-game schedule. Who knows.
12. Alec Burks: SG, Utah Jazz 12.3 MPG, 6.1 PPG
I'm mad because this clearly talented rookie is getting limited minutes. He put up double digit points in three straight games last week when he played at least 18 minutes, but he's only had four and two points in the Jazz's last two games. Inconsistent minutes equal inconsistent production.
11. Iman Shumpert: SG, New York Knicks 31.3 MPG, 11.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 2.4 STLPG
Running the point isn't Shumpert's natural position, so judging anything he's done at the helm of an offense doesn't really do too much good. He's been a stellar on-ball defender, but he's got work on playing the passing lanes and perfecting his off-ball defense. Still, he's surprised me with his ability to knock down deeper shots in his rookie season, and I think there's much room for growth for the young stud.
10. Jon Leuer: F, Milwaukee Bucks 17.3 MPG, 6.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG
For the duration of his six-game starting extravaganza, Jon Leuer's minutes have begun steadily declining. He only played three minutes on Wednesday against Houston and didn't play at all on Monday vs. Atlanta. Not too sure why, but this kid's been a surprising rookie for the 40th pick in the draft. I'm sure his minutes will go back up because he's been nothing short of spectacular thus far.
9. Tristan Thompson: PF, Cleveland Cavaliers 18.3 MPG, 8.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.1 BLKPG
Following a 16-point, five-rebound outing against Atlanta, Thompson was forced to sit out Tuesday's game against the Miami Heat due to an ankle injury. He'll have a tough matchup against Amar'e Stoudemire and the New York Knicks, but the rook needs to play tough PFs in order to grow. I haven't really gotten a chance to watch him play, but I do know that it's about time for him to get a start in Cleveland.
8. Brandon Knight: G, Detroit Pistons 32.3 MPG, 12.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.3 APG, 3.2 TOPG
Knight's been taking care of the ball a little bit better lately, and he's jumped up my ladder because of it. He's proven that he can put points on the board in a hurry, but if he continues to limit his turnovers, Knight just might inch his way even further on this list. I'd still like to see him create more plays for his teammates, but I don't want to push my luck by asking for too much.
7. Derrick Williams: F, Minnesota T-Wolves 20.3 MPG, 8.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG
With both Michael Beasley and Wesley Johnson out on Monday, D-Will saw 37 minutes of PT where he put up 11 points and grabbed seven boards. When Johnson returned against Dallas on Wednesday, Williams saw less minutes, but still started and recorded his third straight game in double digits with 10 points and six assists. Is it possible that Coach Adelman is putting some faith into the youngster?
6. Kawhi Leonard: SF, San Antonio Spurs 24.3 MPG, 7.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.2 STLPG
Not too sure what the rook did to get on Coach Popovich's bad side, but Leonard only got seven minutes of playing time against New Orleans, getting benched from the 4:50 mark in the first quarter to the last play of the game with 1.4 second left in the fourth. He followed that with an eight-point, five-rebound night with two steals. Leonard's not really too huge on scoring, but he just brings energy, intensity and young legs to a rather dull and old San Antonio Spurs squad.