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ANOTHER HOOPSWORLD ROOKIE THING

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ANOTHER HOOPSWORLD ROOKIE THING

Looks Good:

Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks – I think we've all heard about the 55-point game at this point, but what's more incredible is the fact that Jennings seems to be doing his thing every single night. He's been lucky so far to play for a team that allows him to shoot whenever he feels like it, but right now the results have been pretty positive. He's leading all rookie scorers by an impressive margin, and actually is ninth in the entire league in points per game. The kid is hot right now, and definitely the front-runner for the Rookie of the Year.

Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers – He's only played in four games so far because of injury issues, but in very limited minutes (just under 15 per game) he's scored double-digits and hauled down at least five rebounds twice. The other two games have been a bit frustrating, but he's just getting his season started. He'll catch on and be a great piece for this Pacers team. And, for the record, all four of the games he's appeared in so far have been Pacer wins.

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors – His numbers haven't been consistently great this season (he's 11th among rookies in scorers with 8.3ppg), but the Stephen Jackson trade should open up some more playing time for him. More minutes means more opportunities, and more opportunities means better numbers. In Golden State's first game without Jackson, for example, Curry scored 14 points in 41 minutes. Expect those trends to continue and improve.

Rough Week:

DeJuan Blair, San Antonio Spurs – After that 14-point, 11-rebound performance on opening night and tons of preseason hype, everybody expected huge things from DeJuan Blair. But things have slowed down for him recently. After posting two double-digit rebounding games in his first three games, he hasn't had one since. Part of that is because his minutes are down. He averaged 20.8 minutes per game in his four contests, but in his four most recent contests that number is down to 15.8mpg.

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View Joel Brigham Archive Chase Budinger, Houston Rockets – We expect rookies to be inconsistent, but Budinger has been the poster boy for rookie inconsistency. There are games when he'll score 10-15 points easily, and other nights where it's a struggle to put up six. He's scored in double-figures only twice in the last five games, and his field goal shooting percentage during that time is just 35.6%. His three-pointer hasn't been too hot, either (6-for-19). He's a great asset when he's on, but the problem is that we can never really tell when that will be.

James Johnson, Chicago Bulls – Tyrus Thomas's injury has allowed for our first good glimpse at the Chicago's first pick of the most recent draft, and while it's clear Johnson has some great physical tools, he plays wildly out of control. Despite having shot 2-for-2 against Toronto and Sacramento, he's only 1-for-7 from the field the rest of this last week. He's a great kid, but he still has to settle down and learn the nuances of the game before he can be an everyday player.

Top Five:

#1 – Brandon Jennings, Bucks
#2 – Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings
#3 – Jonny Flynn, Minnsota Timberwolves
#4 – Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets
#5 – Terrence Williams, New Jersey Nets


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