2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year Race Tightens Up
With LaMelo Ball out a minimum of a month with a fractured wrist, the 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year race is tightening up.
Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton moved to first place within the newest NBA.com weekly rookie rankings.
Haliburton, who’s averaging 13.2 factors, 3.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists, took over the spot from the Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards.
Edwards moved to the No. 2 spot, adopted by the New York Knicks Immanuel Quickley, Jae’ Sean Tate of the Houston Rockets, Saddiq Bey with the Detroit Pistons, and the injured Ball with the Charlotte Hornets.
Though Edwards is main all rookies with averages of 17.2 factors, 4.4 rebounds, and a pair of.5 assists per sport, he’s taking pictures just under 40 p.c from the sphere, and the Timberwolves are 3-7 their final ten video games.
In distinction, Sacramento is on a roll since Haliburton returned from harm and moved into the beginning lineup, going 7-1.
Plus, the 21-year-old has taken on a veteran’s perspective not too long ago, telling the media, “We’re all here to help change the Kings culture.”
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 30, 2021
With all of the turmoil Houston has skilled this season, Ja’ Sean Tate ought to get a number of bonus factors only for being among the many high rookies.
The undrafted 25-year-old ahead is averaging 10.6 factors, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists per sport for a crew that misplaced James Harden and now Victor Oladipo.
In Motown, the Pistons might have misplaced veteran Blake Griffin, however the rookie Bey is exhibiting promise as a brand new rising All-Star, averaging 10.9, 4.1, and 1.3 assists per sport.
We’re nonetheless a month and a half from the tip of the season, however the battle for high rookie honors might go right down to the wire relying on when or if LaMelo Ball returns for the Hornets.
Play-In Tournament runs May 18-21 after which the playoffs will likely be May 22 – July 22.
For now, Haliburton will attempt to maintain the Kings’ five-game profitable streak alive as they tackle the Spurs Wednesday in San Antonio.