NBA Rookie Power Rankings: Ausar Thompson drops, who will take his spot?

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5. Jaime Jaquez Jr.

Last week's rank: 8

Jaquez Jr. got off to a slow start to begin his NBA career. He was in and out of the Miami Heat rotation and saw little to no playing time through the first few games. However, things have quickly changed, and Jaquez Jr. has emerged as one of the Heats' best forwards.

In just above 26 minutes of action per night, Jaquez Jr. has exploded onto the scene for many NBA fans. He's averaging 12 points and four rebounds per contest, but it's not the stat sheet that will blow fans' minds.

Jaquez Jr. is one of the few rookies with 50-40-80 splits in the shooting department. From behind the arc, Jaquez Jr. has got it rolling. He doesn't take a crazy amount of shots from behind the arc, but he has become a reliable shooter from deep.

Where Jaquez Jr. gets the bulk of his points is off of backdoor cuts to the rim. The former UCLA standout shined in college for his elite basketball IQ and ability to do the little things right when on the court. It didn't take coach Erik Spoelstra long to figure out a method for Jaquez Jr. to be elite on the offensive end.

The Heat and the Mavericks won't be able to play each other until early March, but between then, expect Jaquez Jr. to remain on this list with his recent play.