Sheridan Hoops Rookie Rankings: Week Eight

1DAMIAN LILLARD, G, PORTLAND: Doubled his double-double total with two this week, lifting Blazers to eighth in West. Has Steve Nash and Jrue Holiday this weekend. “You can’t read his face,” Jermaine O’Neal said. “Sometimes the light which is the glare of being a rookie in the NBA becomes so bright that you see it affect some of the guys emotionally or physically. He does a great job keeping his demeanor.”1
2HornetsANTHONY DAVIS, F-C, NEW ORLEANS: Has scored in double figures in all nine games since his return and was one rebound shy of three straight double-doubles this week. Also creating a nice big tandem with Robin Lopez, who is averaging 21.3 points in last four alongside the rookie. And hey! They won a game!2
3TimberwolvesALEXEY SHVED, G, MINNESOTA: Had an awesome week with 15.3 points, 6.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds in three games and appears to be a fixture at shooting guard with Brandon Roy still sidelined. Had a chance to be a hero but airballed a 3-pointer in Wednesday’s home loss to Houston.7
4PistonsANDRE DRUMMOND, F-C, DETROIT: Really starting to figure it out and has been scary at times. Averaging 10.0 boards and 2.3 blocks with three double-doubles in his last eight games. Elias says his 11-14-5 in rout of Wizards were best such numbers by a rookie since Dwight Howard.
5DION WAITERS, G, CLEVELAND: Rediscovering his rhythm – such as it is – after eight-game absence due to sprained ankle. Averaging 11.8 points and 3.6 assists in five games since his return and finally made a 3-pointer. Even better, Cavs are 2-3 with him back after going 1-7 while he was out.10
6RaptorsTERRENCE ROSS, G, TORONTO: Scored in double digits back-to-back for first time this season and more could be on way with Valanciunas injury and good work ethic. “We’re not developing Terrence Ross; he’s earning every minute of it,” coach Casey said. “If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be out there.”9
7BobcatsMICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST, F, CHARLOTTE: In his first up-close-and-personal look at LBJ, MKG took a TKO as Bobcats sat their small forward for long stretches to go small. Has upcoming showdowns with Davis, Waiters and Drummond, which are ideal games for Charlotte to end its 16-game skid.3
8CavaliersTYLER ZELLER, C, CLEVELAND: This is how you step up: Given big minutes for injured Anderson Varejao, responding with 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in four starts. Gotta love how he missed first 10 shots vs. Milwaukee but kept plugging, making his last four to get double-double in win.
9PistonsKYLE SINGLER, F, DETROIT: Hurtling back to earth with just two double-digit games in his last dozen and his first donut since Nov. 10. Shooting 35 percent in December after shooting 50 percent in November. And as illustrated by this table, no longer the best rookie on his team.5
10HARRISON BARNES, F, GOLDEN STATE: Still starting but not finishing as Warriors either play small or go to fellow rookie Draymond Green. Shooting just 35 percent with three double-digit games this month after 46 percent and seven in November. Has to pick it up or may not be here next week.6

DROPOUTS: Bradley Beal, G, Washington (4); Austin Rivers, G, New Orleans (8)

FIVE TO WATCH: Chris Copeland, F, New York; Nando de Colo, G, San Antonio; Draymond Green, F, Golden State; Meyers Leonard, C, Portland; Jared Sullinger, F, Boston.

PREVIOUS RANKINGS: Rookie | Power | Most Improved | MVP

Chris Bernucca is the deputy editor of His columns appear Monday during the season. You can follow him on Twitter.


  1. Kevin says

    Bismack Biyombo had 10/15/7 last year. So I guess you could set the points bar at 11 to eliminate this, but clearly other players have had similar games to what drummond did, more recently than Dwight Howard.

  2. Brent says

    Did I also mention he’s like a video game character athletic wise, he is way bigger stronger than Davis and is just as productive with a higher per. It’s amazing some one this big athletic and strong with his soft touch and skills in general could not be picked number one let alone fall to number 9.

  3. Brent says

    I like the rankings as well, how ever after Drummond lead the pistons to beat the heat tonight even when lebron dropped 35 ish with 10 pts and 10 boards he deserves to be at least number 3. He now leads ALL rookies in PER just taking over Davis and every time he is on the floor he has a huge impact on offense and defense per 100 possessions. His min keep going up, candidate to catch lillard for rookie of the year as he is the most dominant rookie in this class, yes even more dominionate then Davis. Heck he already leads the pistons in win shares and has a ridiculous warp.

  4. john steppling says

    cant argue with any of this. I might have valuncianus there, but he got hurt. Copeland probably deserves more, but he’s had limited minutes. I think maybe drummond is too high… like to see a BUT of consistency first. But yes, at his best he is scary.

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