NBA Rookie Ladder: Did Scottie Barnes hold on to the top spot?

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 5: Evan Mobley #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against Scottie Barnes #4 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 5: Evan Mobley #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against Scottie Barnes #4 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /
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Chris Duarte, NBA Rookie Ladder
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – NOVEMBER 11: Chris Duarte #3 of the Indiana Pacers (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) /

100. . . Previous: 7th. Chris Duarte. 6. player

Duarte took a minor fall in these rankings while trying to figure out how to play alongside Caris LeVert following his return from injury. With his shooting slump now in the past, Duarte appears to be back on track and ready to help the Pacers continue winning.

From November 24 to December 8, Duarte averaged 14.4 points per game while making 43% of his shots. Given his age, he was expected to come into the NBA and make an immediate impact. While his 3-point percentage has gone down since the start of the season, he is still getting to the rim effectively.

NBA Rookie Ladder: Josh Giddey continues to impress for OKC.

149. . . Previous: 3rd. Josh Giddey. 5. player

Giddey hasn’t fallen due to his own poor play, but rather some of the rookies in front of him starting to figure things out on offense. Giddey remains one of the best players on a Thunder team that has pulled off some solid upsets this season, as his blend of passing, vision, and craftiness have driven them offensively.

Giddey is still leading all rookies in assists per game, and he’s finally got his shooting percentage above 40%. If he can work on getting that 3-point shot down, that will take his offensive game to the next level and make the Oklahoma City backcourt one that teams will genuinely start to fear.