Rookie Cards: The 2018 rookie class through two weeks

Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks and Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks talk (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks and Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks talk (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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(Photo credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Later this week, I’ll be publishing the first weekly edition of Rookie Cards and will be focusing on three rookies individually —

Deandre Ayton (C, Phoenix Suns): No. 1 overall pick, the only rookie averaging a double-double so far

Trae Young (PG, Atlanta Hawks): No. 5 overall pick, highest drafted player out of Oklahoma since Blake Griffin, leads all rookies in scoring

Josh Okogie (SG, Minnesota Timberwolves): No. 20 overall pick, one of four Nigerian-born players currently in the NBA, only rookie drafted outside the top 10 who is currently in the top 5 in minutes, rebounds

For now though, a look at which players have risen above the rest so far and who are already making an impact on their respective teams and setting themselves apart from the rest of their peers:

Individual Leaders


  1. Luka Doncic, DAL: 35.0 mpg
  2. Trae Young, ATL: 32.0 mpg
  3. Deandre Ayton, PHO: 31.2 mpg
  4. Josh Okogie, MIN: 27.3 mpg
  5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC: 26.5 mpg


  1. Trae Young, ATL: 19.8 ppg
  2. Luka Doncic, DAL: 18.7 ppg
  3. Deandre Ayton, PHO: 17.5 ppg
  4. Marvin Bagley III, SAC: 13.7 ppg
  5. Jaren Jackson, Jr., MEM: 13.0 ppg


  1. Deandre Ayton, PHO: 10.3 rpg
  2. Marvin Bagley III, SAC: 7.2 rpg
  3. Luka Doncic, DAL: 6.2 rpg
  4. Josh Okogie, MIN: 6.0 rpg
  5. Wendell Carter, Jr., CHI: 5.8 rpg


  1. Trae Young, ATL: 6.8 apg
  2. Luka Doncic, DAL: 4.0 apg
  3. Deandre Ayton, PHO: 3.8 apg
  4. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC: 3.7 apg
  5. Elie Okobo, PHO: 2.5 apg

Other Statistical Leaders

Steals: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC / Jaren Jackson, Jr., MEM: 7 steals

Blocks: Wendell Carter, Jr., CHI: 11 blocks

Turnovers: Luka Doncic, DAL: 24 turnovers

FG Percentage: Deandre Ayton, PHO: .644

Win Shares: Deandre Ayton: 0.8 (Steph Curry leads NBA with 1.6) 

Player Efficiency Rating: Deandre Ayton: 27.17 (Joel Embiid leads NBA with 33.5)

Offensive Box Score Plus/Minus: Deandre Ayton: 3.4 (Steph Curry leads NBA with 12.8)

Defensive Box Score Plus/Minus: Jaren Jackson, Jr., MEM: 3.4 (John Henson leads NBA with 6.8)

*All stats compiled from