The NBA: March 2013 Rookie Ladder

Bradley Beal, Tyler Zeller, and Andre Drummond all got tossed from the top five. See who replaced them and joined Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis as the best freshies of the past week or so.

Anthony Davis might yet snare the 2012-2013 ROY
award from heavy favorite Damian Lillard.
(image by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

Note: All of the following stats are based on the last five games of each player’s team as computed by They were taken on March 29, 2013 (Manila time).

5. Damian Lillard (POR) - 17.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 6.2apg, .500 3pt%, .867 FT%, 15.0 EFF
Lillard really is more of a scoring PG than a playmaking one. Think guys like Rod Strickland, Stephon Marbury, or, more recently, Russell Westbrook. I wouldn’t be surprised if he runs away with the ROY, but I just don’t think it’s as solid of a lock as many people think. Gotta love his range, though.

4. Maurice Harkless (ORL) - 14.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.4spg, 1.0bpg, 15.4 EFF
The former St. John’s standout has good size and good skills for a combo forward. Orlando has won just 2 games this month, but the Magic’s failure cannot be pointed to Harkless’s game. I mean, this dude dropped 25 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 blocks on KD and the Thunder a week ago.

3. Kyle O'Quinn (ORL) - 12.0ppg, 9.0rpg, .614 FG%, 18.2 EFF
The second Magic rookie on this list is a 6’10” banger who registered two double-doubles in Orlando’s last four games. He was also just a rebound shy of a third against OKC last March 23 (Manila time). He’s not big on defense, but his offense is pretty polished. SIXTY ONE PERCENT from the field? Are you kidding?!

2. Jonas Valanciunas (TOR) - 15.2ppg, 7.6rpg, .750 FG%, .889 FT%, 19.4 EFF
The 7-footer from Lithuania is hogging all the minutes reserved for beleaguered Italian Andrea Bargnani. Valanciunas has just been a picture of efficiency. He is not a double-double machine (yet), but he certainly won’t miss more than a couple of shots (literally) and he certainly knows how to use his size for those rebounds. Now if he can only use his frame for some defense…

1. Anthony Davis (NOH) - 15.2ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.2bpg, .611 FG%, 20.8 EFF
This is the reason why I think the ROY race should still be wide open. Davis hasn’t missed a beat since returning from his injury early in the season. He’s had five double-doubles this month, including an 18-point and 15-rebound beauty against Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies last week. Lillard for ROY? Not so fast.

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