An interesting look inside the top few Rookie’s games this past week and who is currently leading the race for the USSDU’s Rookie of the Year.We’re right back into dissecting and grading the NBA’s best Rookies of this season and we provide you with an in depth analysis at their past week’s fades and fortunes. So who makes your list this week? If you haven’t got one yet, we’ll try and help you out! Check out our names below:
Damian Lillard (POR)“Poised”. Yep, that’s what head coach Terry Stotts said when he had to sum up Damian Lillard in one word. Lillard is so poised, that he has given the Blazers that point guard of the future which includes many cold blooded shots down the stretch (yes, he’s doing that already), ways to find the open man, and the ability to get to the basket at will. Lillard has it all, except a nickname (maybe someone can create a nickname right here for him!). This past week he’s averaged 17.6ppg, 7.4apg, 4.4rpg, 1.3 three pointers a game, 1spg and he’s shooting 44.2% from the field by taking an average of 15.4 shots. His game of the week came against Orlando in their home overtime win 125-119. Lillard shined for a solid double double when he tallied 18 points and 10 assists. He also collected 3 rebounds and 2 steals for the day. Just another casual outing for Lillard these days. You can really see him turning into a 20 & 10 sort of player in a year or two for the Blazers on a consistent basis.
Anthony Davis (NOH)Davis has been in a slump. Before Tuesday he had scored in single figures in his past four games and he only played 12 minutes against Dallas on Sunday as Monty Williams went with Ryan Anderson for 38 minutes off the bench in order to get a much needed win. Only having limited minutes must have had an impact on Davis as the following game he went 8-13 from the field for 17 points and nine rebounds in Tuesday’s upset win over the Spurs. Over the last week Davis has averaged 9.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5bpg, 0.8spg and has shot 47.2% from the field taking 9 shots a game. Certainly a drop from what Lillard has been producing; however he does have 10 or so minutes less than him. What the concern is: Davis has only scored over 20 points once since November and those early massive double-doubles have almost disappeared. Injuries, the rookie wall and playing on a struggling team are taking their toll.
Andre Drummond (DET)Lawrence Frank was looking for more consistency from his young big man and since the middle of December, he has been getting it. Drummond added almost two points and two rebounds to his November averages and over the last week he averaged a very handy 7.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in just 23 minutes per game. Over the last eight games Drummond has collected double-digit rebounds five times while he has scored in double-figures four times and had five multiple block games. This is great signs for the Pistons going forward, as they had a 6-2 record in those 8 games. Drummond has a very bright future if he can continue going on improving these numbers over the next couple of years. With he and Greg Monroe at the helm of the front-court, Detroit will be a very tough team in the near future.
Alexey Shved (MIN)With Rubio continuing to miss games due to back spasms, and the Wolves being stacked with guards, Shved still provides a great spark that keeps him on the floor and keep coach Rick Adelman a happy man. This of course, may not continue (once Rubio returns and needing to spread minutes between the other guards) but hey, I’m sure Shved’s making the most of it! Over the last week Shved has averaged 10.7ppg, 4.7apg, 3.3rpg, and 1 three pointer a game. He’s shooting a pretty poor 32% from the field however that’s not bad if that’s his worst category. The Wolves are now 15-15 on the season, and this has come without Love and Rubio for a bunch of games, so Shved has become a really handy type of player.
Honourable MentionsBradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes, Andrew Nicholson. Keep an eye out for these guys in the following weeks and see if they can make their way into the Rookie Report.
That’s it for another week, keep your eyes on the prize Rooks. And for our fans: All Star Weekend is right around the corner! Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports