NBA.com Rookie Ladder
The Rookie Ladder is a free-flowing, constantly updated chart that ranks the 2010-11 rookies. If a rookie plays well, he climbs the Ladder. Play poorly, and he'll slide down a rung ... or two or three. The rankings are updated by NBA.com's Drew Packham. If you have an issue with the Ladder, or have a question or comment for Drew, send him an e-mail. You can also follow him on Twitter.
T-Mobile Rookies of the Month
Wizards' Wall, Clips' Griffin named T-Mobile Rookies of the Month for March
The Washington Wizards' John Wall and the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin were named the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played through March.
And the winner is...
April 6 -- Everyone has put in their two cents about a potential nickname for Blake Griffin. Message boards have been flooded (The Griffinator! High Griffinition!), polls have been submitted (on the Dunk Ladder, for instance) and answered. Heck, I even call him Bad Blake (a nod to the movie Crazy Heart) on a regular basis and because, really, he's just bad.
Now, there's just one title left to give Blake Griffin -- Rookie of the Year.
And really, who else could it go to?
From Day 1, Griffin has dominated the Rookie of the Year talk, and no one else has put up a serious challenge.
Sure, Wizards point guard John Wall had a brilliant rookie campaign, averaging almost nine assists (the most since Damon Stoudamire averaged 9.3 in 1995-96 en route to winning Rookie of the Year that season). Wall may pick up some votes, but those will probably come from voters who don't consider Griffin a rookie.
Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins had his moments, but didn't show the consistency (or maturity) of Griffin.
And Landry Fields was one of the biggest surprises of the Draft, but far from Rookie of the Year material, especially considering his late-season struggles.
Just look at a few of Blake's accomplishments:
Only player in the NBA averaging at least 20 points, 12 rebounds and three assists
Will be the first rookie to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds since Elton Brand in 1999-00
Broke Brand's rookie record for double-doubles (60 and counting)
Became the Clippers franchise all-time leading rookie scorer, breaking Terry Cummings' mark set in 1982-83
Tallied his first triple-double on March 23 with 33 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in the Clippers' double-overtime win over Washington
The list of achievements goes on and on, and honestly the superlatives available to describe Blake Griffin's rookie season are exhausted.
Except for one: Rookie of the Year.
(And that's just a matter of time.)
Dropping out: Ekpe Udoh, Tiago Splitter
-- Drew Packham, NBA.com