Each week, FanSided will be ranking the NBA rookies based on the performance so far this season.
Philadelphia 76ers’ point guard Michael Carter-Williams reclaimed the top spot after Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke held it last week.
1. Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
Carter-Williams is once again playing at a level above all others. He started off the week slow, scoring 13 points on six-of-13 shooting with seven assists, four rebounds and a steal in a 126-95 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. A day later, during a 111-93 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Carter-Williams exploded for 33 points, six rebounds and five assists. He was aggressive, hoisting 25 shots and knocking down 13 of them. He then had 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals as the Detroit Pistons rallied for a 114-104 victory over the 76ers Friday. On Saturday, in a 102-92 loss to the New York Knicks, Carter-Williams was quiet. He scored just 11 points on three-of-six shooting, but did dish out seven assists, grab seven rebounds and record two steals. On the season, the former Syracuse Orange floor general is averaging 17.8 points, 7.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game.
2. Trey Burke, PG, Utah Jazz
Burke’s Jazz only played in two games this week. In a 112-101 upset victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday, Burke had 10 points on four-of-12 shooting, dished out six assists, grabbed six rebounds and had two steals. On Friday, during a 113-102 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Burke had 17 points on seven-of-15 shooting, dished out six assists, grabbed two rebounds and had two steals. It wasn’t Burke’s performance that knocked him out of the top spot, but rather the high level in which Carter-Williams is currently performing. Burke is averaging 13.3 points, 5.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.
3. Victor Oladipo, G, Orlando Magic
Oladipo, who has been second on this list for most of the year and even spent a week at the top, is threatening to take back the top spot. Despite on an 0-4 week that featured four blowout loss, Oladipo is showing some consistency. In Monday’s 101-81 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the former Indiana Hoosier had 22 points on eight-of-15 shooting, went three-of-four from beyond the arc, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists and had a steal and a blocked shot. Two days later in Portland, Oladipo had 14 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in a 110-94 loss to the Trail Blazers. Starting shooting guard Arron Afflalo left Friday’s 103-83 loss to the Sacramento Kings with a foot injury and Oladipo scored 13 points and dished out three assists. He had 15 points on six-of-11 shooting to go with five assists, three rebounds and a steal in Saturday’s 120-94 loss to the Denver Nuggets. For the week, Oladipo shot 22-of-48 from the field. He averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.75 assists and 1.25 steals per game. On the season, he’s putting up 13.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
4.Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG, New York Knicks
Hardaway still isn’t getting the playing time he probably deserves, but with J.R. Smith’s situation, that could change. Either way, Hardaway is making the most of his opportunities. Tuesday and Thursday were rough days for Hardaway. In an 89-85 victory over the Detroit Pistons and a 102-92 win over the Miami Heat, he played just 27 total minutes and managed only seven points on two-of-eight shooting. On Friday, he scored seven points on two-of-three shooting while playing 22 minutes in a 102-92 victory over the 76ers. He’s averaging 8.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game on the season.
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo, G, Milwaukee Bucks
Antetokounmpo continues to show promise, but has problems with consistency. Antetokounmpo had two points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 24 minutes in a 101-80 loss to the Golden State Warriors Tuesday and was held scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting in just 12 minutes in an 81-72 loss to the Chicago Bulls Friday. On Saturday, in a 101-85 loss to the Thunder, Antetokounmpo bounced back, mostly because he played 38 minutes. He scored 13 points on five-of-12 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out five assists, blocked two shots and had two steals. On the season, he’s averaging 6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.