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Fantasy Basketball Rookie Report - Rising Stars Update

Fantasy Basketball Rising Stars
Back at the end of November, we looked at NBA rookies to see how they were transitioning into the NBA.  Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay and Kristaps Porzingis were all off to hot starts, but have they been able to keep up the pace, or have they hit the rookie wall?

Towns has been a top 20 player this season for Minnesota, ranking between Brook Lopez and DeAndre Jordan.  At 17.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, Towns is having an impressive rookie season and is easily leading the Rookie of the Year race, despite the T'Wolves 17-37 record.  With Towns, Andrew Wiggins and a lottery pick coming this summer, the Timberwolves franchise is headed in the right direction.

Okafor has had himself a nice season as well, averaging 35 fantasy points per game (64th in the league), but has been limited to just 47 games for Philadelphia.  Okafor scores 17.1 points per game, while grabbing 7.4 rebounds.  Nerlens Noel leads the Sixers in rebounds at 8.2.  There is still so much work that Philly has to do to be competitive every night, but having multiple first rounders in this years draft should help.

Kristaps Porzingis continues to wow the NBA with some highlight reel plays, and has beena top 40 fantasy player this season.  At 38 fantasy points per game, he is averaging more points per game than LaMarcus Aldridge!  We would like to see his FG% rise from 42.6% but Porzingis has given fantasy owners a little bit of everything adding some threes and nearly two blocks per game!  Who knows where the Knicks franchise is headed, and if Carmelo Anthony is part of the future, but one thing is for sure, Porzingis was the right pick, despite all the criticism, including mine!

D'Angelo Russell has improved month to month, but he is still only averaging three assists per game. However, his 176 assists leads the team, but is second on the team in APG behind Kobe.  However, his lack of assists, rebounds and steals have made him a weak own in fantasy, and is just barely a top 30 PG.  His ability to play everyday is the a key reason why his Yahoo ownership is 68% as many PGs have suffered injuries this season.  If LA falls out of the top three in the lottery, they will lose their pick to the Sixers.  That could be a crushing blow to their rebuilding process.

After missing the second half of December and the first week of January, Emmanuel Mudiay has returned to the Denver Nuggets lineup.  He is shooting below 40% and averaging just 12 points per game, but his six assists keeps him a top 25 PG option and 62% owned.

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Other Rookies Fantasy Points (Per Game, % Owned Yahoo)