NBA Rookie Rankings Continued: The Top Five
Here are my top five early season rookie rankings, starting at No. 5 with...
5. Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings
Evans may move up a few spots in the upcoming weeks if Kevin Martin is forced to miss a significant period of time because of a hairline fracture in his left wrist. It will be up to Evans to try and carry the Kings, but he will have to improve upon his 36 percent shooting from the field.
*Breaking News: Martin to miss at least eight weeks after choosing to have surgery on his left wrist.
4. Terrence Williams, New Jersey Nets
The man who did it all at Louisville may have to do it all in New Jersey, at least for the moment. With both Devin Harris and Yi Jianlian sidelined for an extended period of time, coach Lawrence Frank will need more production from his rookie swingman. Williams didn't respond too well Friday night against the Sixers, scoring just six points on 3-for-10 shooting. He did record nine assists though.
3. Jonny Flynn, Minnesota Timberwolves
The man with the highest vertical at the pre-draft workouts, Flynn has been solid early on for the T-Wolves. He does lead all rookies with 20 turnovers, but he bounced back nicely Friday night against the Bucks, scoring 20 points. Flynn has scored in double-figures in every game this season.
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
You haven't heard much of Curry because he plays for the Warriors (thanks, Stephen Jackson). However, the silky-smooth shooter from Davidson leads all rookies in minutes, assists, and steals per game. The sky is the limit for this kid, but who knows if there is enough ball to go around in Golden State.
1. Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
This spot may be reserved for Blake Griffin, but Jennings has done a great job filling in for the injured number one pick. In his first game, he scored 17 points while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out nine assists. Not too shabby for a guy who wasn't even predicted to start.
He leads all rookies in points per game with 18.8 , and he seems to have meshed nicely with coach Scott Skiles, so far. It will be interesting to see how Jennings handles the pressure of having to score more with Michael Redd out.
Rankings will be updated in a couple of weeks.
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