SECAUCUS, NJ, Dec. 6, 2007 -- I can't drive anywhere these days without hearing Kanye West's "Good Life" on the radio.

It's not a bad thing, but I do a lot of thinking about my columns when I'm in the car headed to work and the last couple times I've heard the song, my rookie-obsessed mind has contorted the tune to the point where I hear T-Pain croon in accompaniment "Welcome to the Rook Life" instead of "good life."

The funny thing is, the more I listen to the lyrics, the more the song applies to the rookies who finally made it to the "good life" in the NBA.

So, I decided to tweak the words of the song to give you the full "Rook Life" featuring ... nobody. It's a risky move, I hope you don't think I'm some sort of "Weird Al" Yankovic afterwards.

Like we always do at this time
I go for mine, I got to shine
(Now throw your hands up in the sky)
I go for mine, I got to shine
(Now throw your hands up in the sky)

(I'ma get on this TV Ahmad, I'ma
I'ma put that dunk down Hey, I'm good)

Line of the Week
Kevin Durant (SEA)
11.30 vs. IND
35 points, 5 reb, 3 blk, 2 stl
12-20 FG, 3-5 3FG Video
Welcome to the rook life
Where playaz play D
Won't even think twice to pull up from three
The rook life, where technicals come with a fee
Where guards aren't afraid to score amongst the trees
The rook life, it feel like Atlanta (Horford)
It feel like L.A. (Crittenton), it feel like Miami (Cook)
It feel like N.Y. (Chandler), summertime Chi (Noah), ahh
(Now throw your hands up in the sky)
So the buzzer beater's good
Y'all say it's not, I say you're rude, Referee
And Yi got the goods
And Moon got that bounce, I got to look, sorry
Yo it's got to be early season
Haters say that he's toasted, Almond
Thornton's headband switched the style up
And if they hate then let 'em hate
And watch the points pile up, the rook life

Welcome to the rook life
Where we watch the games that ain't on TV
Cause we got more {League Pass than the models}
The rook life, so keep it coming' with the Gatorade bottles
Till he feel quenched from head to toe
The good life, it feel like Houston (Scola)
It feel like Philly (Smith), it feel like D.C. (Young)
It feel like AA, or the Bay (Belinelli), or Bay-Bay
This is the rook life (Welcome to the rook life)
Homie, tell me what's good
Why I run onto the court while the team in the tunnel still stood (Welcome to the rook life)
Like I'm new in the hood, the only thing I wish?
{More playing time, I wish coach would} (Welcome to the rook life)
He probably think he could, but, but
He don't think he should (Welcome to the rook life)
Thornton's headband switched the style up
And if they hate then let 'em hate
And watch the points pile up, the rook life

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  • Overall Rankings - Week 5

    1. Kevin Durant, G-F, Seattle
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    19 33.8 19.5 4.4 1.9 1.0 1.1 .397 .304 .824
    Last Week: 1 | Drafted: 2
    I like to think of Kevin Durant as a Bill Clinton type of leader of the Rookie Rankings. Sure he has his flaws, (4-15 team record and inconsistency that leads to games like his six points against Golden State on 2-of-12 shooting), but you can't help but like the guy because of his overall excellence. It was a banner week for KD as he was named Rookie of the Month, dropped a career-high 35 points against Indiana and his team had a not-so morbid 2-3 record.

    2. Jamario Moon, F, Toronto
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    15 31.9 8.8 7.9 1.3 1.1 1.7 .445 .261 .667
    Last Week: 2 | Drafted: Undrafted
    Now that Moon is on the scene, the pogo stick of a man is doing his best to stay there. In five games last week Moon corralled 10-plus rebounds in three of them and had two blocks in four of them. The Toronto rookie is logging a ton of minutes with his teammates Chris Bosh (groin) and Andrea Bargnani (knee) out of the lineup.

    3. Al Horford, F-C, Atlanta
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    17 32.4 8.9 10.4 1.2 1.0 1.1 .517 .000 .574
    Last Week: 3 | Drafted: 3
    Horford is 12th in the league in rebounding, ahead of guys like Yao Ming, Tim Duncan and Amare Stoudemire. It doesn't get much more impressive than that. After playing as the starting power forward and the backup center for the Hawks, Horford has recently settled into the starting center slot in Atlanta.

    4. Juan Carlos Navarro, G, Memphis
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    18 23.1 10.9 2.1 2.3 0.7 0.0 .443 .433 0.857
    Last Week: 7 | Drafted: 40 by Washington in 2002
    Navarro has scored in double digits in seven games straight, even Kevin Garnett can't claim that. KG, who was the NBA's active leader of most consecutive games in double digits at 435, failed to reach the 10-point mark twice last week and had his streak broken.

    5. Yi Jianlian, F, Milwaukee
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    17 25.6 9.5 5.5 0.6 0.5 1.1 .436 .300 .783
    Last Week: 4 | Drafted: 6
    After only grabbing 11 rebounds in his first four games last week, Yi stepped it up and collected 10 boards in his fifth game last night against the Warriors. His production has slipped slightly since the Bucks were off to a 7-4 start. With Milwaukee having lost five of its last six games, it will be interesting to see how Yi responds.

    6. Luis Scola, F-C, Houston
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    19 19.8 7.3 5.1 0.8 0.5 0.2 .554 .000 .577
    Last Week: 6 | Drafted: 56 by San Antonio in 2002
    I like the guy that Scola is becoming for the Rockets, serving as an able substitute for Chuck Hayes and bringing hard-nosed play and tenacity to a team that comes off as soft sometimes. He is the exact opposite of Chamillionaire, who I thought was a big let down when he guest hosted for Xzibit on Pimp My Ride last week. (It's one of my guilty pleasures, OK? Back off.)

    7. Sean Williams, C, New Jersey
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    16 19.1 7.0 4.8 0.3 0.6 1.9 .559 .000 .679
    Last Week: 5 | Drafted: 17
    We know that Jason Kidd is a big supporter of Williams and one of the main reasons that the big man out of Boston College has cracked the Nets rotation. Now that Kidd might be on the trading block, how will that affect Williams' situation?

    8. Jeff Green, F, Seattle
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    19 23.3 9.6 5.6 0.8 0.4 0.3 .445 .100 .717
    Last Week: 8 | Drafted: 5 by Boston
    Green is going to have a class action suit on his hands from fantasy owners across the country if he keeps shooting the three-ball at a 10 percent success rate. Other than that, there continues to be a lot of upside to the All BIG EAST NBA Team member.

    9. Daequan Cook, G, Miami
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    10 19.4 10.3 1.9 0.6 0.4 0.1 .461 .343 .955
    Last Week: 9 | Drafted: 21 by Philadelphia
    My high school history teacher, Mr. Balk, used to do the color commentary for my high school basketball games on public access TV and a line he liked to use describing bench players was, "He's instant offense -- just add playing time," in an ode to an old "Just add water" slogan. Daequan Cook is Instant Offense.

    10. Nick Young, G, Washington
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    16 13.9 7.6 1.4 0.8 0.3 0.1 .449 .409 .865
    Last Week: 10 | Drafted: 16 by Washington
    Young averages 0.547 points per minute played this season. If he was getting as much playing time as Kevin Durant and kept up the same scoring rate, his points per game average would jump to 18.4. He'll be one to watch for if he starts getting more burn.

    The Next 10 (alphabetical order): Arron Afflalo (DET), Corey Brewer (MIN), Javaris Crittenton (LAL), Glen Davis (BOS), Jared Dudley (CHA), Spencer Hawes (SAC), Acie Law (ATL), Joakim Noah (CHI), Jason Smith (PHI), Al Thornton (LAC)


    Noteworthy

    Fesenko

    It took Kyrylo Fesenko (UTA) a month and a trip to the D-League before he got off the HNPAMY list, but he perservered and put up six points and seven rebounds in a win against the Lakers.
    Acie Law (ATL) returned to the Haws lineup after missing eight games with a sprained left ankle and followed up an 0-for-8 performance in his first game back by going 5-for-6 in his second game.
    Demetris Nichols (CLE) was waived to make room for the signing of Anderson Varejao.
    Jared Dudley (CHA) is knocking on the door of the top 10, but followed up a 16-point, 10-rebound outing by going 0-for-6 from the field.
    The HNPAMY (Have Not Played A Minute Yet) Club: Herbert Hill (PHI), Brandon Wallace* (BOS), Oleksiy Pecherov (WAS), Rodney Stuckey (DET), Ramon Sessions* (MIL), Marcin Gortat* (ORL), JamesOn Curry* (CHI), Adam Haluska (NOH) and Kosta Perovic* (GSW)
    * = assigned to the D-League

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