2012-2013 Rookie Of The Year Race

Last Update: 01/01/2013

Next Update: 02/01/2013

Track the nightly performances of the rookies here

Rookie of the Month, by Month:

October/November Rookie of the Month: Damian Lillard – 18.4 PPG 3.1 RPG 5.9 APG 1.38 SPG 36.8 MPG 6-10 W/L

December Rookie of the Month: Damian Lillard – 18.2 PPG 3.4 RPG 6.9 APG 0.6 SPG 39.2 MPG 9-4 W/L

January Rookie of the Month:  –  PPG  RPG  APG  SPG  MPG – W/L

February Rookie of the Month:  –  PPG  RPG  APG  SPG  MPG – W/L

March Rookie of the Month:  –  PPG  RPG  APG  SPG  MPG – W/L

April Rookie of the Month:  –  PPG  RPG  APG  SPG  MPG – W/L

Updated Rookie of the Year Standings (01/01/2013):

1 Damian Lillard – Portland (6th Overall) So far this season Lillard is No. 15 in scoring and No. 16 in assists in the NBA in general. He is leading all rookies in both categories while sparking the Blazers above .500 and into the Playoff Picture.

2 Anthony Davis – New Orleans (1st Overall) Since Davis has returned he is back to his season beginning form playing well on both ends of the floor. Davis will remain in the second spot all season if he stays healthy and playing at this level, but needs to elevate his team to become the Rookie of the Year.

3 Alexey Shved – Minnesota (Undrafted) The undrafted rookie has maintained his play even with the rest of the league now knowing he is more than a commodity on a good team.

4 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Charlotte (2nd Overall) Since his statement that the culture is being changes in Charlotte the team has dropped 18 out of 19 looking like the same ‘ol Bobcats.

5 Andre Drummond – Detroit (9th Overall) In smaller minutes than his counterparts, off the bench, the  Pistons are grooming their franchise big man right now. He has the talent, potential, and skill to be one of the better bigs in the league.

6 Bradley Beal – Washington (3rd Overall) We forget the NBA season is a marathon and that it sometimes takes some time to get into a rhythm, which Beal has done as of late.

7 Harrison Barnes – Golden State (7th Overall) As a scorer and shooter on the perimeter there has not been a better rookie, who has been invaluable to the Warriors, and gives them exactly what they need offensively.

8 Dion Waiters – Cleveland (4th Overall) For the most part Waiters has been a gunner all this season putting up 353 shots in 24 games while shooting 36.3% from the field.

9 Kyle Singler – Detroit (33rd Overall 2011) His production has tapered off after getting off to a hot start as a starter, but Singler has played his role very well.

10 Jonas Valanciunas – Toronto (5th Overall 2011) Solid, steady, and playing his role has been his rookie season so far. He has started all 28 games this season and has assimilated well.

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Standings as of 12/01/2012:

1 Damian Lillard – Portland (6th Overall) It is becoming a trend for a rookie point guard to come in and dominate the way that Lillard has so far. The Blazers are not winning, but Lillard is first among rookies in points, assists, steals, free-throw attempts, three-point attempts, and minutes played.

2 Anthony Davis – New Orleans (1st Overall) He has only played six games, but the team was playing well with him in the line-up and Davis notched two double-doubles in those games.

3 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Charlotte (2nd Overall) The rookie is trying to change the culture and has done so to start as the Bobcats have won seven games already after winning only seven games all of last year.

4 Alexey Shved – Minnesota (Undrafted) Over the past three games Shved has become the teams go-to player in the fourth quarter on the perimeter with 24 points and 3 assists in the final period. Coming in as an undrafted free-agent allowed Shved to fly under the radar until now. Once Ricky Rubio comes back this will be a unique, deep team.

5 Andre Drummond – Detroit (9th Overall) He is raw, cannot hit the rim on free-throws, and is still coming along as a basketball player, but as an athlete alone is dominating the glass with 47 in his last five games.

6 Harrison Barnes – Golden State (7th Overall) So far he has been consistent. No great games, but not many clunkers as a starter on a playoff caliber team.

7 Dion Waiters – Cleveland (4th Overall) Since Kyrie Irving went down Waiters has been the teams offense, which has been good and bad. He is shooting the ball more up 5.3 shots per game from 13.0 to 18.3 while the team has struggled going 2-4 overall.

8 Bradley Beal – Washington (3rd Overall) On the season Beal has shot the ball over 40% from the field only five times in 14 games. He is struggling to knock down shots, but is not forcing the issue with only 10.4 shots per game.

9 Kyle Singler – Detroit (33rd Overall 2011) Since being switched into the starting line-up the Pistons are 5-4 (previously 0-8) and he is averaging 11.6 PPG 4.0 RPG 1.6 APG as a starter.

10 Jonas Valanciunas – Toronto (5th Overall 2011) Looking at his PER 36 totals Valanciunas is one of the more productive centers in the league and has played well in short minutes.

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Here is the Pre-Season Rookie of the Year Race Standings:

1 Damian Lillard – Portland Trailblazers (6th Overall)

2 Anthony Davis – New Orleans Hornets (1st Overall)

3 Andre Drummond – Detroit Pistons (9th Overall)

4 Harrison Barnes – Golden State Warriors (7th Overall)

5 Bradley Beal – Washington Wizards (3rd Overall)

6 Thomas Robinson – Sacramento Kings (5th Overall)

7 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Charlotte Bobcats (2nd Overall)

8 Dion Waiters – Cleveland Cavaliers (4th Overall)

9 Jonas Valanciunas – Toronto Raptors (4th Overall 2011)

10 Jared Sullinger – Boston Celtics (21st Overall)

11 John Henson – Milwaukee Bucks (14th Overall)

12 Jae Crowder – Dallas Mavericks (33rd Overall)

13 Meyers Leonard – Portland Trailblazers (11th Overall)

14 Austin Rivers – New Orleans Hornets (10th Overall)

15 Terrence Jones – Houston Rockets (18th Overall)

16 Jeremy Lamb – Oklahoma City Thunder (12th Overall)

17 Marquis Teague – Chicago Bulls (29th Overall)

18 Tyler Zeller – Cleveland Cavaliers (17th Overall)

19 John Jenkins – Atlanta Hawks (23rd Overall)

20 Terrence Ross – Toronto Raptors (8th Overall)

21 Royce White – Houston Rockets (16th Overall)

22 Maalik Wayns – Philadelphia 76ers (Undrafted)

23 Moe Harkless – Orlando Magic (15th Overall)

24 Anthony Wroten – Memphis Grizzlies (25th Overall)

25 Perry Jones III – Oklahoma City (28th Overall)

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