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HOOPSWORLD ROOKIE UPDATES

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HOOPSWORLD ROOKIE UPDATES

Some rookies are going to start hitting the wall and slowing down their production soon, while others will have done enough sitting and watching and learning to finally start emerging as solid pros. Recent showings just prove rookies who are hot early won't necessarily stay that way all season, and the real test of who the best rooks are has to do with longevity and consistency — not just flashes in the pan.

Looking Good

Omri Casspi, Sacramento Kings – That's now three consecutive games in which Casspi has scored 20 or more points while also averaging over eight rebounds a game during the same period. His teammate Tyreke Evans is pretty clearly the Rookie of the Year right now, but the Kings look like they've got themselves another All-Rookie first-teamer on their hands with this Israeli sensation. He's a great kid, and he's now starting to prove that he's also a heck of a basketball player.

Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets – It's between Lawson and Casspi for my Western Conference Rookie of the Week, but surely Lawson's outpouring the last couple of games is more surprising than that of the much more consistent Casspi. In his last couple of contests Lawson has scored exactly 23 points and dished out exactly nine assists. Having scored in double-figures five times in his last six games, Lawson looks like he's back on the hot streak he started out with at the beginning of the season.

Wayne Ellington, Minnesota Timberwolves – At a recent Bulls game, film of that night's opponent going up against the T-Pups was playing in the locker room, and a couple of Chicago vets were talking about how much they liked Ellington's game. As good as teammate Jonny Flynn has been, it was Ellington that got these guys' respect. Looking at the way he's played recently, it's no wonder. Having played 20 or more minutes in each of the last three games — something he hadn't done since December 12th — Ellington has scored in double-digits three times in a row to average 14ppg on the week. The best part is that over that span he's shooting 64% from the field. He's on a team that can allow him to grow a little bit, but lately he's starting to show a little bit of that growth.

Rough Week

Terrence Williams, New Jersey Nets – I really thought Williams would prove to be one of the better rookies in the class. His game just seemed as though it would translate well to the pros, but there's no questioning that he has struggled, especially in the last month. He hasn't scored in double-figures since December 16th and in the last week is averaging two points a night on 3-for-10 shooting. In his most recent game, a home loss to Cleveland, he played the second-fewest minutes of his career — six — and has seemed pretty lost out there with his limited minutes in the game. The talent is there, but right now the confidence just isn't.

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors – Two of Curry's last three games have been pretty dismal, especially the giant goose egg he laid against the Celtics on December 28th. He rebounded the following night with 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting, but his first game of 2010 was another stinker—only nine points in a road loss to the Blazers. After playing three consecutive 40-minute games in the days before Christmas, Curry is back down into the 20 minutes-per-game realm. That's a tough pill to swallow when you're a rookie that's struggling a little bit.

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View Joel Brigham Archive Jordan Hill, New York Knicks – Hill is only averaging 8.4 minutes per game on the season, so it's not that we've come to expect much out of this young man, but having come this far into the season without using the space to be at least somewhat critical of the 8th overall pick is just a little inexcusable. Only once this season has he scored more than 7 points in any single game, and only twice has he grabbed more than three rebounds. The Knicks seemed to understand that Hill would be a project when they drafted him, but it's a shame they couldn't have used that selection on Brandon Jennings. Can you imagine him in Mike D'Antoni's offense?

R.O.Y. Race – Top 5

#1 (1) – Tyreke Evans
#2 (2) – Brandon Jennings
#3 (3) – Jonny Flynn
#4 (4) – Omri Casspi
#5 (NR) – Taj Gibson


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Yeah, but then...

Steph Curry dropped 26 last night on 6-6 from 3. He just needs time. T. Williams just needs a new head.

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yeah im not sure why curry

yeah im not sure why curry would be there for only getting 9 points. you not gonna get too many points with the shooters out there if youre a rookie whos job is too get them the ball

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