NBA Rookie Power Rankings: Luka Doncic takes top spot from Trae Young; Wendell Carter Jr. makes huge leap

One of the only consistent aspects about rookies from year to year is their inconsistency. Due to various factors, including physicality, conditioning and forced adaptation, rookies tend to have trajectories that look more like jagged crags than smooth inclines.

We definitely saw that in this week’s Rookie Rankings, with four players dropping out altogether and a new No. 1 being crowned. Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic was brilliant this week, taking the top spot from Trae Young, whose Hawks have lost their last four games by an average of 21.5 points.

Meanwhile Wendell Carter Jr. was the biggest climber, moving all the way up to No. 3 after failing to make the first set of rankings. It will likely be like this all season as some rookies thrive while others hit the wall, so it’s best to get used to it. Here are this week’s rankings:

Last week: 3
Stats this week: 20.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists

Last week: 2
Stats this week: 17.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists

Last week: Unranked
Stats this week: 15.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 steals

Last week: 1
Stats this week: 15.5 points, 6.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds

Last week: 5
Stats this week: 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 blocks

Last week: Unranked
Stats this week: 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists

Last week: Unranked
Stats this week: 12.7 points, 4.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds

Last week: 7
Stats this week: 13.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists

Last week: 8
Stats this week: 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks

Last week: Unranked
Stats this week: 10.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals

Dropped out

On the bubble

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