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 Magic's Victor Oladipo and the Grizzlies' Nick Calathes were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.
Rookies of the Month
- Oladipo, Calathes - February
- MCW, 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
Back To His Antics
March 12 -- Pero Antic is back, and it couldn't have come at a more important time for the Hawks.
When Atlanta's rookie went down with a stress fracture in his ankle, the Hawks sat at No. 3 in East and were one of the first half's feel-good stories. All-Star Al Horford had already been lost for the season, and the 31-year-old rookie had stepped in and kept Atlanta contending.
But the Macedonian was injured during the Hawks' loss to the Nets in London and, after playing two more games on the ankle, was finally sidelined for good Jan. 22.
After missing 17 games, Antic returned to the Hawks on March 5 and in the four games since has looked like his old self.
The big man has scored in double-digits in all four contests, averaging 12.0 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 53.1 percent from the floor. He's also been big from beyond the arc, hitting at a 45 percent clip and wreaking havoc on opponents who don't have bigs that can step out to defend him.
In Antic's absence the Hawks went 4-13 and currently sit at 27-35, good enough for eighth in the East.
If the Hawks hope to make a run up the standings (they're two games back of Charlotte and five behind Brooklyn) and avoid a first-round matchup with Indy or Miami, they'll need more of the same from Antic.
-- Drew Packham
Dropped out: None
Just missed the cut: Nick Calathes, Ryan Kelly, Ray McCallum, Ben McLemore