NBA Rookie Power Rankings: Wembanyama drops, who takes the No. 1 spot?

Nov 22, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II (2) dunks for
Nov 22, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II (2) dunks for / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Chet Holmgren

Last Week's Rank: 3

Chet Holmgren becomes the first player to overtake Victor Wembanyama this season in the Rookie Power Rankings.

Over the last week, Holmgren has taken a massive leap in his game. He has undoubtedly become one of the Thunder's best pieces and has contributed in a massive way to their team. The Thunder are now 11-4 and at the top of the West, and it's in large part what Holmgren has done lately.

Holmgren has used his 7-foot-1 frame to contest shots that are virtually impossible to get to. In the season, he has averaged just under two and a half blocks per contest, which would lead any other rookie class if it wasn't for Wembanyama.

Holmgren's ability to anchor down on the low blocks has created a defensive powerhouse in Oklahoma City. With Jalen Williams and MVP candidate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, they have created a three-headed defensive monster.

Offensively, Holmgren has continued to impress with his dribble penetration ability. At 7-foot-1, it's hard to imagine a creative dribbler, but Holmgren is exactly this.

He has averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game, which is fantastic for a rookie. Additionally, Holmgren has finally had his breakout game. During the Thunder's overtime victory over the Warriors, Holmgren dropped a 36-point masterclass.

Holmgren will need to continue developing his offensive ability but after such a consistent last four games Holmgren will overtake the one spot.

The Dallas Mavericks will get their first crack at Holmgren and the Thunder on Saturday, December 2. For more updates on Mavericks basketball, stay plugged in.