NBA Rookie of the Year Power Rankings: Week 24

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Dec 3, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) during the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Each week, FanSided will be ranking the NBA rookies based on their performance so far this season.

The 2013 rookie class is one that has been heavily criticized. Even as the 2013 draft was taking place, it seemed like pundits and fans alike were more interested in the 2014 NBA draft that would include the likes of Kansas Jayhawks’ forward Andrew Wiggins, Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker, Oklahoma State Cowboys’ point guard Marcus Smart and Australian point guard Dante Exum.

This rookie class has certainly had their ups and downs and won’t be remembered as one of the all-time great classes, but plenty of players continue to produce and many of them should go on have excellent careers.

We have to give a special shout-out to Brooklyn Nets’ big man Mason Plumlee for his fantastic block on Miami Heat LeBron James to preserve a one-point Nets’ victory on Tuesday night. Although Plumlee had a fantastic season, he falls just short of making the final rookie rankings of the season.

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5. Gorgui Dieng, C, Minnesota Timberwolves

Apr 11, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng (5) shoots in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) at Target Center. The Minnesota Timberwolves win 112-110. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Dieng and the Timberwolves got their week off to a great start on Tuesday night when they blew out the San Antonio Spurs 110-91. In 27 minutes, Dieng shot just four-of-15 from the field, but scored 12 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and blocked a shot. In a 102-87 loss to the Chicago Bulls a night later, he had nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks. The Timberwolves defeated the Houston Rockets 112-110 on Friday night. Dieng scored 12 points on six-of-13 shooting and absolutely dominated the glass, pulling down 20 rebounds. He also dished out three assists, blocked two shots and had two steals. On the season, he is averaging 4.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

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