Each week, FanSided will be ranking the NBA rookies based on the performance so far this season.
Philadelphia 76ers’ point guard Michael Carter-Williams has fallen out of the top spot for the second time this season.
1. Trey Burke, PG, Utah Jazz
It wasn’t a great week for the class of 2013, so former Michigan Wolverines’ point guard Trey Burke remains #1 on the list. Burke was brilliant Monday night in an 83-80 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. He had 21 points, five assists and three rebounds. On Thursday, in a 96-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Burke had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. However, in a 110-99 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, Burke had a nightmare of a game, scoring just six points on three-of-15 shooting. For the week, Burke shot just 14-of-41 from the field. Burke is averaging 13.3 points, 5.2 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. Burke was named the Western Conference’s Rookie of the Month for December.
2. Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
Carter-Williams’ injuries have forced him out of the top spot despite having the best numbers of all rookies. This week, Carter-Williams was up-and-down. He had 13 points five rebounds and five assists in a 111-104 win over the Lakers, 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists in a 114-102 win over the Denver Nuggets, seven points, five assists and four rebounds in a 113-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings and 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a 101-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Carter-Williams shot just 17-of-49 from the field this week, but his 76ers went 4-0. On the season, he’s averaging 17.2 points, 7.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game.
3. Victor Oladipo, G, Orlando Magic
Oladipo was named the Eastern Conference’s NBA’s Rookie of the Month on Friday. Like his counterparts, Oladipo’s week was up and down. In a 109-102 win over the Atlanta Hawks Sunday, Oladipo had 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals. On Tuesday, in a 94-81 loss to the Golden State Warriors, he played just 17 minutes and scored eight points. Things were even worse Thursday in an 87-81 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers when Oladipo scored six points while playing just 26 of a possible 53 minutes. He bounced back in a 110-94 loss to the Miami Heat Saturday night, putting up 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. Oladipo is averaging 12.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, G, Milwaukee Bucks
Antetokounmpo jumps up a spot to 4 despite some struggles this week. After an eight-point, 11-rebound performance in a 94-79 win over the Lakers Tuesday and a 10-point, seven-rebound, five-assist game in a 96-87 loss to Burke’s Jazz Thursday, Antetokounmpo was shut out in a 116-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns Saturday. After averaging 36 minutes per game in the first two games of the week, Antetokounmpo played just 14 minutes Saturday and was 0-of-2 from the field. On the season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 6.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
5. Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG, New York Knicks
Hardaway has had an awful week. In a surprising 105-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night and a 102-100 loss to the Houston Rockets Friday night (a game that featured J.R. Smith’s YOLO three-pointer), Hardaway had just four total points on 0-of-2 shooting and played only 23 minutes. Hardaway closed his week by scoring 10 points in 12 minutes in a 92-80 win over the Dallas Mavericks. For the season, Hardaway is averaging 8.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams had a very good week, but hasn’t regained his spot on the list. However, his 10-point, nine-rebound game in a 115-111 0ver the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday should not be overlooked. Adams sprained his ankle in the win.