Top 10 NBA Rookie Rankings, Part 3
By Kohl Rast
8. Lonzo Ball
(Last month’s ranking: 7)
Ball continues to be one of the favorite rookies in the league so far, despite the fact that he is not playing at the level he was expected to be at. That does not mean he hasn’t been effective at times, especially when looking at his assist and rebound numbers. Sadly, these numbers cannot help him too much when looking at his rough shooting percentages.
The real thing that puts Ball so low on this list is the fact that he is not even close to the best rookie on the Lakers right now. In fact, Josh Hart is even trying to make a push into the 2nd best Laker rookie conversation. His flashes of brilliance are exciting and should keep Laker fans hopeful, but they are outweighed by inconsistency so far.
There is little doubt in my mind that Ball will make his way back up this list over the final months of the regular season, but as for the end of December, he is slowly fading into irrelevance.
Ball’s stats: 10.0 ppg, 7.1 apg, 6.9 rpg, 1.4 spg
7. De’Aaron Fox
(Last month’s ranking: 8)
Speaking of fading into irrelevance, De’Aaron Fox has really fallen off the wagon as of late. After it was clear that Markelle Fultz was not going to be in game shape at the start of the season, most fans decided that the players to watch were De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball. Now, three months into the season, that is no longer the case.
Fox has slowly fallen out of stride and out of favor in Sacramento since the start of the season. The addition of George Hill by the Kings before the season certainly did not help Fox’s situation, but his playing time and stats have dwindled, showing that this is more than just a problem of lack of space .
For Fox to move up in the standings, he really just needs to become the player he should be. We have seen that he has the skillset this season, we have seen that he can create his own shots and shots for others, so why is that not a nightly occurrence. It seems like his biggest obstacle is his mentality.