Rookie Report Week 11 featuring Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal.[caption id="attachment_13697" align="aligncenter" width="619"] Photo Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] Welcome back to the USSDU Rookie Report, where the top performing Rooks for this season are put on show once more. Who do you think are the top performing rookies this week? Read on and find out who we think deserve top props.
Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers)Will anyone be able to dethrone the potential Rookie of the Year? Lillard is still in the lead, but Bradley Beal might have a shot at it. The consecutive losses this week could be pointing to Lillard's inability to take a game over. While not capable of putting up double digit scoring every night, Lillard can and will score in big bunches when required. Averaging 20.6 PPG and 6 APG last week, he had a monster outing of 37 points against the road loss in Golden State with an efficient 15/25 FG and 7/12 from 3 point land. This is nitpicking, but the one thing Lillard needs to do better is to impact the game and not just put up fantasy stat numbers. As every player knows, scoring a ton of buckets never helps when your team ends up losing. Nevertheless, I'm confident Lillard can and will be up to the challenge of leading his team in the right direction and provide the needed boost as the season progresses.
Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets)Three games played and a decent, if not fantastic week for the lanky uni brow. Davis made little to no impact on the home victory against the Timberwolves, giving 9 points, 0 rebounds (!) and 4 personal fouls in 23 minutes. Limited minutes, quiet night and a non-factor. It's hard to imagine Davis having a zero rebound night, but here we are. Anthony logged 33 minutes in the Knicks road loss and bounced back with a 13 point, 8 rebound (3 offensive) performance. While not stellar, it is an improved stat line from the previous game. The Sixers road win showcased Davis' contributions, from his shot (10 points) to clocking 7 rebounds in a mere 21 minutes, a great increase in efficiency. If he continues to perform at this rate, there is no reason for coach Williams not to unleash him on the court. Davis has shown that he is still getting adjusted to being productive on limited minutes. Should he overcome that hurdle and win his coach's confidence, expect his performance to definitely improve.
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)John Wall is back, and with that the Wizards might just be finding their rhythm once more. Three consecutive wins this week with a close victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder might just be proving something after all. Beal is slowly but surely finding his spot in the team, averaging 18.3 PPG on 46.5% shooting. While he's still not on Lillard's level while looking for consistency, the heavy starter minutes should help him sort things out and become the scoring guard for the Wizards, the kind who is learning to be careful with the ball and avoids foul trouble.
That is all we have for you this week. Depending on the way the week ahead goes, Jared Sullinger could be making an appearance in next week's Rookie Report - what do you think? Leave a comment and let us know which Rookie you are rooting for!