SECAUCUS, NJ, April 9, 2007 -- First-year followers and rookie rooters, we have something to tell you ...

"Hey, wait a minute, where's Schuhmann?"

Uh, what Schuhmann?

"John Schuhmann. Mr. Rookie Rankings, ol' great chronicler of those NBA players who carry the vets' bags and bring donuts daily. Where is he?"

Well, it just so happens Mr. Schuhmann is still following rookies, just not on the site this week.

"Hey, Peterson, quit being cryptic and trying to stretch out the column. Where's Schuhmann?"

All right, all right. Schuhmann is taking care of his own rookie for the next couple weeks: Sofia. Let's just say if he had a vote, the newest Schuhmann would win Rookie of the Year, hands down. So, congrats to John and his growing family.

Line of the Week
Brandon Roy (POR)
04.04 vs. UTA
29 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists
3 blocks, 8-15 FG, 11-13 FT
That being said, we're glad Schuhmann didn't go this route in naming the newborn. If you take the last names of two most successful Nets coaches of all time (in the NBA) and combine them, you get Scott Frank or Frank Scott. Good for a boy, but bound to give a girl a complex. And considering her dad's a Nets fan ... well, we'll leave talk about complexes out of this.

But we kid because we love. Anyway, back to the lead item.

First-year followers and rookie rooters, we have something to tell you: while the RR will go on, the Rankings are pretty much done, finished, toast, ov-ah! Yes, Brandon Roy should be a near mortal lock for the Eddie Gottlieb trophy. And I'm sure there will be people who'll disagree. (People of Canada? You can still write John to complain.) But for all intents and purposes, sometime in April, Roy will be sitting behind a table, in a suit, smiling broadly, thinking of how great it is to be the best of the 2006 Draft class and even more optimistic about his future.

Of course, that's a prediction by me, not a certainty by any means. Voters could go another way, but I doubt it.

As for Rookie Mail, as John said, you're on your own for a while, so talk amongst yourselves.

Overall Rankings - The Road to ROY
1. Brandon Roy, G, Portland
MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
35.3 16.7 4.3 4.0 1.23 0.17 .452 .372 .836
Last Week: 1
Many of his averages -- scoring by 0.4, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, free throw percentage -- went up this week. Not bad, rook. Now, get back in the lineup for the Blazers' last six games, please. Thank you.

2. Rudy Gay, F, Memphis
MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
27.2 11.0 4.5 1.3 0.91 1.01 .425 .366 .727
Last Week: 2
Tough week for Gay in general. The Grizz lose all three games (giving up a 116 in all three) and Gay misses the April 7 game against Orlando after spraining his ankle (with two minutes remaining in the game, no less) against Golden State.

3. Andrea Bargnani, F, Toronto
MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
25.0 11.5 3.9 0.8 0.48 0.81 .427 .376 .828
Last Week: 3
The Toronto Star reports that Bargnani could be back in the lineup by Friday. That gives Raptors fans four more games in which to build their case for Il Mago.

4. LaMarcus Aldridge, F, Portland
MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
22.1 9.0 5.0 0.4 0.35 1.16 .503 .000 .722
Last Week: 4
Aldridge didn't play all week because of the rapid heartbeat and dizziness he suffered last week. He's still being tested, according to Jason Quick's blog.

5. Paul Millsap, F, Utah
MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
17.6 6.7 5.0 0.7 0.88 0.99 .515 .500 .684
Last Week: 6
Tough, tough week for both the rookie and his squad. Millsap had 13 boards and 20 points for three games during the week and Utah lost all three games.

6. Randy Foye, G, Minnesota
MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
22.4 9.7 2.5 2.8 0.60 0.30 .427 .366 .844
Last Week: 8
My biggest mover. John can move him back or write me a nasty e-mail, but he had the best week of any rookie not named Roy. Averaged 17.0 ppg and six dimes per in three games.

7. Craig Smith, F, Minnesota
MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
17.5 7.0 4.8 0.6 0.6 0.21 .543 .000 .643
Last Week: 7
Last week, John said: "Smith is in the midst of his most consistent stretch of the season." Ah, rookies. Score 15 points one night, none the next.

8. Jorge Garbajosa, F, Toronto
MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
28.5 8.5 4.9 1.9 1.16 0.22 .420 .342 .731
Last Week: 5
Done for the season, but he can root his team on in the postseason. But we do need to drop him. Can't discount his season though. Nice debut.

9. Adam Morrison, F, Charlotte
MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
30.2 11.9 3.0 2.1 0.4 0.07 .376 .337 .710
Last Week: 9
Mean Mr. Mustache (apologies to The Beatles Mean Mr. Mustard off Abbey Road) had one of those weeks: seven points in a win, 11 in a win, nine in a loss and he didn't travel to Miami (and the Bobcats won). Had seven dimes against the Wizards, tying a career high.

10. Tyrus Thomas, F, Chicago
MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
13.3 5.1 3.7 0.5 0.61 1.14 .473 .000 .608
Last Week: 10
After scorching the Cavs for 27 last week, high-flyin' Tyrus Thomas floated back to earth with a 13-point performance and a five-point performance sandwiched around a DNP against the Nets.

Noteworthy

Rondo
On the outside looking in: Renaldo Balkman (NYK), Walter Herrmann (CHA), Rajon Rondo (BOS), Marcus Williams (NJN), Shelden Williams (ATL)

If not for his late start (he's been getting regular burn since mid-March), Walter Herrmann (CHA) would be in the Top 10. I almost made the decision to move him there this week because he's been playing lights out. The Argentinian scored 17.5 ppg in four games, grabbed 17 boards and shot a silky .500 (9-for-18) from behind the arc.

Mardy Collins (NYK) had quite the stat line in the Knicks' win over the Bucks: 19 points, 12 boards, eight assists and five steals. That'll do.
Renaldo Balkman (NYK) had 16 boards against the Sixers on April 4, eight against the Wolves on April 6 and nine more on April 7 against Milwaukee. That's 33 boards in three games. Even this English major can see that's an excellent 11 caroms per contest.
Rajon Rondo (BOS) had a career-high seven steals (7!) to go with his 14 points, eight boards and eight assists in Boston's loss to the Pacers on April 7.

RED = Rookie Leader (Must Qualify)

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