NBA Rookie Stock Watch: Is Michael Carter-Williams Losing Grip on No. 1 Spot?

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NBA Rookie Stock Watch: Is Michael Carter-Williams Losing Grip on No. 1 Spot?
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Nearly two months have elapsed since the last edition of the NBA Rookie Stock Watch, and a lot has changed since Grant Hughes went over how the best first-year players stacked up. 

Don't worry, though, because we're here to sort it all out. 

As Hughes wrote, "These rankings look at a combination of season-long performance and recent play, with a little extra emphasis on the latter."

In this case, recent play will be defined as what took place in February, both before and after the All-Star break. What happened prior to the second month of the year certainly matters, but a stock can only rise so high or sink so low based on what's gone down lately. 

There are plenty of new faces in this edition, especially near the bottom of the rankings. However, while the old guard remains at the top, the Rookie of the Year race is tightening. There are now three horses left in the competition, though a fourth is attempting to insert his name into the proceedings and coming up just shy. 

Is Michael Carter-Williams still the league's most productive rookie? Are Trey Burke and Victor Oladipo closing the gap or perhaps passing the Philadelphia 76ers floor general? 

What's the latest news on Giannis Antetokounmpo? 

For the answers to all those questions and plenty more, you'll have to read on.

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