The Turkish center has been outperforming an established veteran in Daniel Theis. Things are looking grim in Houston right now, but Sengun is showing signs of becoming a big man they can build around. He’s also improved his defense, which was a concern before he was drafted.
Sengun is averaging 1.2 steals per game while proving himself to be a more reliable starting option than Theis. Sengun is going to be relied on as a potential starting center once this team gets everything pointed in the right direction. Should he keep getting better on defense, his ceiling is very high.
NBA Rookie Ladder: Chris Duarte is starting to slide.
Duarte started off the year as a potential ROY contender, but he’s hit a bit of a cold spell lately. In addition to Caris LeVert taking away shots, the automatic shooter we saw in the early stages of the year didn’t show up as regularly in November.
Duarte has averaged 10.3 points per game on 40% shooting from the field and 31% from 3-point range since November 5. While he’ll likely be fine, and Indiana is starting to turn the corner after a slow start, Duarte’s statistical lull has him falling behind some of his competition.