SECAUCUS, NJ, Nov. 28, 2007 -- Pop quiz: What rookie has the two highest single-game scoring totals this season?

Here's a hint, it's not Kevin Durant.

Give up? It's OK, so do defenders when they're closing out on the perimeter and see Juan Carlos Navarro ready to unleash another 3-pointer.

When Navarro has been hot this season, he's been hotter than any other rookie. He is the owner of the highest scoring output of any rookie so far this season, dropping in 28 points on two separate occasions. (Durant's high is 27 points.)

Nothing about him screams NBA rookie from his George Clooney eyebrows to his Jake Gyllenhaal five o'clock shadow to his Spanish birth certificate that was stamped in 1980.

But an NBA rookie is what Juan Carlos Navarro is, make no mistake about it. And a good one at that.

Juan Carlos, or J.C., or "La Bomba" or whatever you want to call him moves up from the No. 9 spot in the Rookie Rankings last week to No. 7 this week after averaging 15.5 points per game and solidifying himself as the team's starting shooting guard as first-year head coach Marc Iavaroni has elected to go with a small ball lineup to maximize his shooters.

Amongst those shooters is Mike Miller, a competitor in last season's All-Star 3-Point Shootout and a notorious longbomber. After the Grizzlies' 110-103 road win in New Jersey on Tuesday, Miller was quick to heap the marksmanship praise on Navarro and not himself, even though they both hit three 3-pointers.

"I'm all reputation," Miller said. "He's a shooter, I'm not."

Navarro, who was drafted by the Wizards in the second round in 2002 before finally making it to the league five years later to play with his friend and countryman, Pau Gasol, isn't your typical rookie.

"I don't know if you can consider him a rookie," Miller said. "He's played on national teams, he's played professionally for a while now ... he comes in here and he understands how to play and pressure really isn't an impact on his game."

Line of the Week
Jamario Moon (TOR)
11.25 vs. CHI
15 points, 9 reb, 6 blk, 3 stl
7-12 FG
Even his jersey number is misleading. He wears No. 2, but 61 of his 109 field goal attempts this season have been 3-pointers.

Despite his proclivity for the trifecta, he's hardly a one-dimensional player. On Tuesday he wasn't shy about putting the ball on the floor and showcasing his Jeff Hornacek-like floater and you can't forget the 11 rebounds he hauled in while measuring just 6-3, 170 pounds.

After the game he told a member of the Memphis public relations staff that he once grabbed 19 rebounds in a game while playing in Europe.

"He's scrappy," said teammate Hakim Warrick. "They tried to post him up a couple times and he didn't back down. He's a fighter. When you see a little guy like that out there fighting against Vince Carter, that's all you can ask for. You know he's going to bring it at the other end."

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  • Overall Rankings - Week 4

    1. Kevin Durant, G-F, Seattle
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    15 33.9 19.3 4.2 2.0 1.1 0.90 .402 .290 .816
    Last Week: 1 | Drafted: 2
    After Durant's 4-for-12 stinker against the Nets I thought, "That's it! He's dropping!" But then KD responded like the player beyond his years that he is with 50 points over two games against the Spurs and Lakers on 21-for-36 shooting. Yes, the Sonics are 2-13, but the only reason they aren't losing by 20 points per game (instead of the league-worst 8.8 points that they already are) is Durant.

    2. Jamario Moon, F, Toronto
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    10 28.8 8.7 6.6 1.0 1.3 1.6 .450 .278 .625
    Last Week: 5 | Drafted: Undrafted
    Moon's legend continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Time for this kid (ahem, I mean 27-year old man) to get a nickname. My favorites: 1) Jamario Speedwagon 2) Super Jamario 3) Moonshine. Oh, and just because I can: Here's a story telling us how Moon is a dog lover.

    3. Al Horford, F-C, Atlanta
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    13 32.3 8.5 10.2 1.2 1.0 1.4 .500 .000 .595
    Last Week: 2 | Drafted: 3
    Horford has received nothing but praise in this column so far, so it's time to turn a critical eye. First of all, get that free throw percentage up. Nobody likes a big man that can't cash in from the charity stripe. Now, umm, make sure your jeresy is tucked in when you check into the game. Yeah ... that's all I got. You're pretty awesome.

    4. Yi Jianlian, F, Milwaukee
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    12 25.9 10.1 6.1 0.7 0.6 1.2 .425 .375 .778
    Last Week: 4 | Drafted: 6
    Yi has proved himself as a consistent performer. In three games last week he floated around his averages of 10 points and six rebounds with totals of 12 and six, nine and seven and 13 and five. The question remains: Are those numbers good enough to spark an All-Star ballot write-in campaign?

    5. Sean Williams, C, New Jersey
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    12 19.4 8.3 4.6 0.1 0.7 2.2 .625 .000 .667
    Last Week: 3 | Drafted: 17
    I went to see Williams play at IZOD Center on Tuesday and it's official: He's Baby Amare. The build, the quick hops, the timing on his block attempts ... it's all there. Now if he can only add the 18-foot jumper and subract the knee problems and we'll really have something to talk about.

    6. Luis Scola, F-C, Houston
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    15 20.3 7.1 5.0 1.0 0.5 0.2 .533 .000 .588
    Last Week: 8 | Drafted: 56 by San Antonio in 2002
    Scola has to be the most frustrating rookie to rank out of the whole lot this year. Who is he? Is he the guy that gets you zero points and two rebounds in a loss vs. Dallas? Can you count on him for 20 points and nine rebounds like he put up on Miami two days later? Or does he settle into the five-point, eight-rebound range like he did in his next two games against the Nuggets and the Clippers? I truthfully don't know.

    7. Juan Carlos Navarro, G, Memphis
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    14 21.3 10.1 2.2 2.1 0.6 0.0 .459 .443 0.882
    Last Week: 9 | Drafted: 40 by Washington in 2002
    If you looked on the white board in the Nets' locker room on Tuesday about an hour before their game against the Grizzlies you would see "NAVARRO = 45% 3's" written in big red letters and circled three times. My point is, teams are starting to notice "La Bomba." Nets coach Lawrence Frank on Navarro before the game: "I really like him. He's real confident. He can obviously put the ball in the hole, shooting 45 percent from three. But he takes some high-degree-of-difficulty shots. These aren't just lining them up. He steps back to his left from 28 feet. He's got great range. He plays with a lot of moxy on the offensive end. It took him a couple of games to kinda get his feet wet, and it seems like, once he started tasting it, you can kinda see his confidence."

    8. Jeff Green, F, Seattle
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    15 23.3 9.6 5.8 0.8 0.5 0.4 .450 .143 .745
    Last Week: 6 | Drafted: 5 by Boston
    Green followed up a masterful 14-point, 14-rebound performance vs. New Jersey with 13 points (on 5-for-15 shooting) and eight rebounds over his next two games. Like Archimedes sang in Sword in the Stone: "To and fro, stop and go, that's what makes the world go round."

    9. Daequan Cook, G, Miami
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    7 18.9 10.4 1.6 0.7 0.4 0.0 .500 .333 .938
    Last Week: 7 | Drafted: 21 by Philadelphia
    When he gets the chance to play, he's been an impressive scorer, witnessed by his 19 points in 22 minutes on Tuesday. The problem is that Miami played four games last week and Cook only played in one of them. He is more like an on-again, off-again lover than a steady girlfriend if you know what I mean.

    10. Nick Young, G, Washington
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    12 13.0 6.7 1.3 0.6 0.3 0.2 .406 .467 .840
    Last Week: The Next 10 | Drafted: 16 by Washington
    The Wizards are 4-2 without Gilbert Arenas and Young is averaging 10.8 points per game in that span. The 6-6, 200-pound guard out of USC brings some firepower off the bench when DeShawn Stevenson needs a blow.

    The Next 10 (alphabetical order): Arron Afflalo (DET), Corey Brewer (MIN), Jermareo Davidson (CHA), Glen Davis (BOS), Jared Dudley (CHA), Spencer Hawes (SAC), Joakim Noah (CHI), Jason Smith (PHI), Al Thornton (LAC), Darius Washington (SAS)


    Noteworthy

    Crittenton

    Javaris Crittenton (LAL) and Coby Karl (LAL) haven't seen much court time this season and don't expect that to change anytime soon after Lakers coach Phil Jackson was quoted in the L.A. Times: "I tell kids when they come into the team that rookies are lower than plankton, and they have to understand that."
    Gabe Pruitt (BOS) was assigned to the Utah Flash of the D-League, scored 43 points over two games, and was called back up to the Celtics.
    Alando Tucker (PHX) and D.J. Strawberry (PHX) made the most of their playing time against the Kings as they combined to hoist 18 shots in 24 minutes.
    Marco Belinelli (GSW) is on a 4-for-26 (.153) shooting slump in his last eight games.
    Al Thornton (LAC) got to use his athleticism in an up-and-down affair with Denver, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes.
    Jared Dudley (CHA) reached double digits in back-to-back games on November 23-24, totalling 21 points and 16 rebonds vs. Orlando and Boston.
    The HNPAMY (Have Not Played A Minute Yet) Club: Herbert Hill (PHI), Brandon Wallace* (BOS), Oleksiy Pecherov (WAS), Rodney Stuckey (DET), Kyrylo Fesenko* (UTA), Ramon Sessions* (MIL), Marcin Gortat* (ORL), JamesOn Curry* (CHI), Adam Haluska (NOH), Demetris Nichols (CLE) and Kosta Perovic* (GSW)
    * = assigned to the D-League

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