NBA Rookie Power Rankings: Chet Holmgren falls, new name enters top five

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1. Victor Wembanyama

Last week's rank: 2

Victor Wembanyama regains the No. 1 spot in this week's list after being in the No. 2 spot last week.

The San Antonio Spurs have struggled through the first 20 games of the NBA season, but Wembanyama has become the team's definitive No. 1 star. Wembanyama has averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game this season and has become the clear best rookie in his class.

Offensively, Wembanyama uses his freakish height and athleticism to score over defenders, and that has been no different through the last five games for the Spurs. Wembayama has scored 22 points in his last four out of five games and has truly unlocked his scoring capabilities.

He has also found ways to score inside. Early in the season, Wembanyama relied too much on his 3-point shooting and never really honed in on his rolling abilities. The last two weeks have given Wembanyama the ability to work on his inside scoring and rolling abilities with guards.

Defensively, Wembanyama is still a show-stopper, as he leads all rookies in blocked shots by a mile. He has used his freakish wingspan to cover half of the court from cross-court passes or back-door cuts. Wembanyama is one of the few rookies to average over two blocks and steal per game.

Wembanyama still has a lot to unlock on both sides of the floor but his creation has only increased as the season has gone on. Very few seven-footers have the dribble package of a point guard, but Wembanyama is one of those few seven-footers. He often uses his self-creation ability to get easy turnaround jumpers or open looks around the perimeter.

Victor Wembanyama has earned the number one spot in this week's Rookie Power Rankings, but Holmgren is still right behind him. For more updates on the Dallas Mavericks, stay plugged in.