The season is well underway and at the halfway point several rookies taken at the top of the draft have proven to be worthy of lottery status and have made their cases for Rookie of the Year.
Some have had the opportunity to lead their teams from the start while others have yet to be unleashed with teams that can afford to let them ease into the NBA game.
The coming weeks will be vital for any first-year players looking to make a push as the best rookie in the league. And as the youngsters become more comfortable with the rigors of NBA play, any one of them could come out of the woodwork to rise to the top spot.
Here's a look at this year's contenders for the best rookie in the league at the halfway mark.