Week 17: NBA Rookie Power Rankings

NBA Rookie Power Rankings

A week which saw many ups and downs in the ranking expect the No.1 spot which has been hijacked by Joel Embiid from the start of the season.

1. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Last ranked: No. 1

Reports have it that the Sixers have ruled out Joel Embiid’s return for the duration of the season. However, he will be departing with a mindblowing season record. The Cameroonian stands No. 1 in scoring (20.2), rebounding(7.8), blocks(2.5), as well as No. 5 in the shooting.

2. Dario Saric, Philadelphia 76ers

Last ranked: No. 3

Now that Embiid would be Sporting teammate Saric from the stands, the Croatian is the No.1 in real time action.
Technically, Saric has produced at least 18 points in eight consecutive games which include four in a row with at least 11 rebounds. He packed February at 17 points, 7.9 rebounds and shooting 44.3 percent from the field.

3. Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks

Last ranked: No. 2

Brogdon who couldn’t break 40 percent in five of the last six games converted six of nine shots Sunday against the Suns and eight of 15 on Monday at Cleveland. With the commendable finish to February, he averages 9.8 points (PPG) and shoots 44.4 % from the field.

4. Marquese Chriss, Phoenix Suns

Last ranked: No. 4

An inconsistent Chriss was allowed to play more than 20 mins (Avg) by the Suns plainly in need of developing the prospect. Chriss sits eighth in scoring, seventh in rebounding, 11th in shooting, eighth in steals and fourth in blocks.

5. Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings

Last ranked: No. 5

Hield posted 16, 15 and 18 points in the first three games as a King while shooting a combined 50 percent. Also, despite Hield is not starting at shooting guard (yet) he got 26, 26 and 27 minutes, a smack after averaging 20.4 in New Orleans.

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