NBA Rookie Power Rankings: Dereck Lively II re-enters top 5 after dominant week

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2. Chet Holmgren

Last week's rank: 2

Nothing changes yet again between Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren. Holmgren has continued to show his value on the Thunder, and despite a few hiccup games, has been dominant all season long.

Holmgren becomes our first rookie in the top five to play a full week of basketball this week. Despite only going 2-2 in this slate of games, the Thunder have continued to showcase why they are the best young team in the league. Holmgren has been a huge reason why the OKC Thunder are 28-13 on the season.

Despite only scoring 47 points across four different games, Holmgren has been a huge difference-maker. This is regarded as a rookie slump, but he has still managed to have big games in spite of not scoring.

In Thursday's win over the red-hot Utah Jazz, Holmgren recorded a game-high four-shot rejections. In these four games his shot-blocking ability has been on full display. He has recorded ten blocks across this four-game span.

Holmgren's defense has been the biggest difference-maker for the Thunder. His length and IQ on the defensive end have created a defensive juggernaut that teams don't want to play against. Alongside Jalen Williams, Shai Gileous-Alexander, and Lugentz Dort, the Thunder have become a powerhouse.

On offense, they are just as lethal. They are currently third in the NBA's offensive rating category.

The Thunder will need to get back in the win column soon if they expect to stay in the top three of offensive rating. Their next game is against the top-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.