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

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2. Victor Wembanyama

Last week's rank: 2

After losing his number-one spot last week, Wembanyama has been on a tear. It seems like he took it personally and is now dominating every matchup defensively and on offense.

He has bumped up his block numbers to an astounding two and a half per game. If Wembanyama continues on this track, he could potentially lead the NBA in blocked shots by the end of the year. Currently, he leads all rookies in blocked shots by a mile.

Wembanyama has not only been blocking shots at an alarming rate, but he has also been expanding on his offensive game. The first few weeks of the season, Wembanyama was stuck shooting shots from behind the three-point line for the bulk of his offense, but he has since reversed that trend.

The San Antonio Spurs have finally found a good formula for getting their rookie open looks. Wembanyama has quickly learned the art of the pick and roll, and at 7'4, it's hard for any defender to stop that.

However, despite the bright spot of Wembanyama, the Spurs' season has quickly gone downhill at an alarming rate. At one point in time, the Spurs were sitting at 3-2 to begin their season. Since this start, they have lost 14 straight and the grip of their season.

Entering the season, the Spurs never had high expectations, but this could be worse than expected.

The Mavericks and Spurs will play once again just two days before Christmas. It's unclear if the Spurs can turn things around between then, but we can expect Wembanyama to only get better.