NBA Rookie Power Rankings: Ausar Thompson falls, familiar face takes his place

Dec 14, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II (2) dunks the ball during
Dec 14, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II (2) dunks the ball during / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Victor Wembanyama

Last week's rank: 1

Wembanyama continues to hunker down the one spot in this week's rookie rankings.

Despite the San Antonio Spurs' 18-game losing streak, Wembanyama has been amazing every second of it. This probably isn't the dream start Wembanyama envisioned for his rookie year, but at least he has played like one of the best rookies of all time.

During the Spurs' slate of games last week, Wembanyama dropped a 30-piece in his first game against Lebron James. Seeing these two phenoms collide head-to-head has been a real treat for basketball fans, and they didn't disappoint.

In Wembanyama's last three games, he's had over four blocks in every game. Having the shot-blocking ability that Wemby posses has proven to be one of the best attributes. His insane length has also given him the ability to pick off passes from insane angles. The Spurs defense has single-handedly looked impressive from Wembanyama alone.

Wembanyama has also proven to be an elite rebounder. He hasn't failed to tally less than ten rebounds in five games now. Against the Chicago Bulls, Wemby had a 20-20 game with four blocks to add to that historic night.

Wembanyama is one of the best prospects the NBA world has ever seen, and he hasn't failed to disappoint. He's already broken multiple rookie records, and this is only the tip of the iceberg for what he can do on the court. If the league isn't worried, then they better start preparing.

The Dallas Mavericks will play next against the Portland Trailblazers on Saturday. For more updates on Mavericks basketball and rookie power rankings, stay plugged in.