NBA.com Rookie Ladder
The Rookie Ladder is a free-flowing, constantly updated chart that ranks the 2013-14 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 or have a question or comment, send Drew an e-mail. You can also follow him on Twitter.
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KIA NBA ROOKIES OF THE MONTH
The 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams and the Wolves' Gorgui Dieng were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in March.
Rookies of the Month
- Carter-Williams, Dieng - March
- Oladipo, Calathes - February
- Carter-Williams, Burke - January
- Oladipo, Burke - December
- MCW, McLemore - November
ROOKIE VIDEOS: BEST OF THE BEST
NBA Rooks: McCollum
NBA Rooks: McLemore
NBA Rooks: Plumlees
NBA Rooks: At the Break
NBA Rooks: Zeller
NBA Rooks: Giannis
NBA Rooks: Burke
NBA Rooks: Bennett
NBA Rooks: Porter
NBA Rooks: Noel
MCW's The Man
April 16 -- It's been a fun ride this season with surprises and busts, but the Kia Rookie of the Year race comes down to two names: Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo.
So far, two main arguments have been made on NBA.com in regards to the debate.
John Schuhmann, our resident stats guy, recently crunched the numbers to show that the context backs up the argument for Carter-Williams taking home the hardware despite the Sixers' losing ways and some of his deficiencies.
Meanwhile, TNT analyst David Aldridge couldn't look past Philly's atrocious season -- and MCW's benefit as one of its only options -- and gave his vote to Oladipo, who, in his view, may have done less statistically but for a slightly better team.
Both are valid arguments, and it's hard to argue against the esteemed Aldridge ... but I'm afraid on this occasion he misses the mark.
History has rarely held a team's win-loss record against rookies, and rightfully so. This isn't the NBA's MVP Award, where so often the winner plays for one of the best teams in the league and is rewarded for his value. This is the Rookie of the Year Award, which rewards a player who has the best rookie campaign while historically playing for a losing squad. Of the last 10 winners, none has played for a team with a winning record. It's the nature of the beast.
All this isn't to take anything from Oladipo. He had a great rookie season in Orlando, juggling two positions and various roles, all while bouncing between the starting lineup and the bench. He'll finish the season second among rookies in scoring and steals, third in assists and sixth in rebounds. He's got a bright future ahead of has the chance to become a perennial All-Star.
But Carter-Williams deserves the honor and gets my vote for Rookie of the Year.
All Carter-Williams has done is put up a historically remarkable rookie campaign. He will become just the third player since 1951 to lead all rookies in points (16.7), rebounds (6.6) and assists (6.6), joining Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76).
He also leads all rookies in steals per game (1.9) and joins Robertson and Magic Johnson (1979-80) as the only players to average at least 16 points, six rebounds and six assists in their first season.
So why should Carter-Williams be punished because the team around him isn't exactly up to NBA standards?
-- Drew Packham
Dropped out: Ray McCallum, Ben McLemore, Matthew Dellavedova
Just missed the cut: McLemore, Nick Calathes, Nate Wolters, Dellavedova, Ryan Kelly
-- Drew Packham