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KRYSTEN PEEK: The Rookie of the Year race is heating up with LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburton, and Anthony Edwards all playing well in the month of February. There are a few players like James Wiseman, Onyeka Okongwu, and Killian Hayes that have been plagued with injuries. But let's take a look at the updated rookie power rankings and break down the top five.
At number one is Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton. He continues to impress coming off the bench, averaging 12.8 points and 5.3 assists per game. The do-it-all guard is leading all rookies in 3-point percentage, shooting 44% from deep, and had a great game against the Bucks, scoring 23 points and dishing out eight assists. The Kings are in a seven-game losing slump, but the future looks bright in Sacramento.
Coming in at number two is Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball. The 6'7" guard entered the starting lineup at the beginning of February and is now averaging 35 minutes per game. Ball continues to lead the rookie class in rebounds with 183 this season. And even though he's a high-volume shooter, his numbers are improving as the season goes on.
The number-one pick in the draft, Anthony Edwards, comes in at number three and has already won the Dunk of the Year Award after this monster dunk on Raptors' Yuta Watanabe. Getting all sorts of reaction from players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Kevin Durant on social media. Edwards had a solid month in February, averaging 24 points per game, and made 21 3-pointers. The Timberwolves are the worst team in the NBA and already brought in a new head coach last week, but Edwards continues to put up solid numbers and will definitely be in the mix for the Rookie of the Year.
Up next at number four is Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley. Quickley is looking like the steal of the draft at number 25 and has one of the smoothest floaters in the NBA. He had an excellent month of games in January with a career-high 31 points against Portland and averaged 22 points in four games. His numbers and minutes have decreased a little bit with Julius Randle playing like an all-star right now, but he continues to play an integral part for this young Knicks team.
And finally closing out the top five is Detroit Pistons wing Saddiq Bey. The Pistons took Bey 19th overall, and he's proven to be a great addition to this Detroit team. Bey is a solid 3-and-D guard who is an excellent defender and has seen some early success with his outside jumper. He went a perfect 7 for 7 from the 3-point line and finished with a season-high 30 points in a win over Boston and has been one of the most impactful rookies in the Eastern Conference this season.
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