SECAUCUS, NJ, Feb. 7, 2008 -- The rankings pretty much speak for themself this time around.

Even though 10 guys are dissected, analyzed and ordered here every week and 10 more are listed alphabetically below them, hoping to vault into the top 10 and thus truly enter the Rookie of the Year conversation, it's really only been about two guys.

Kevin Durant vs. Al Horford.

They are an exercise in contrasts.

Line of the Week
Al Horford (ATL)
Feb. 6 vs. LAL
15 points, 20 reb
6-13 FG, 1 stl Video

Skinny vs. Brawny.

Wing vs. Post.

No. 1 Option vs. Role Player.

One-and-Done Undergrad vs. Three Years, Two Titles.

West vs. East.

Durant has occupied the top perch every week except one, Week 7, when Big Al kept KD's seat warm for him.

I have a feeling that control of the No. 1 spot during the second half of the season will be more like a game of tug o' war for these two guys, and the winner of who holds it the most will end up with Eddie Gottlieb as a permanent house guest.

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  • Korleone Young slide of the week: J.C. Navarro (-2).
    Eddie Gottlieb rise of the week: J. Moon, TOR, A. Thornton LAC (+2).

    Overall Rankings - Week 14

    1. Kevin Durant, G-F, Seattle
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    48
    33.1
    19.6
    4.2 2.3 1.0 1.1 .405 .287 .863
    Last Week: 1 | Drafted: 2
    I wonder if the Sonics stopped in Oakland on their way down the West coast from Seattle to Sacramento this week. From the way Durant is playing, can't you just imagine he had a private meeting with Raiders owner Al Davis and realized that the key to this whole professional athlete thing really is, "Just win, baby." Durant and Co. have won four of their last five games, including wins over both of last year's Finals participants, San Antonio and Cleveland.

    2. Al Horford, F-C, Atlanta
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    44 31.6 9.2
    9.9
    1.2 0.9 1.0 .476 .000 .650
    Last Week: 2 | Drafted: 3
    Here's Sekou Smith of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "[Rookie of the Year] belongs to Al Horford. He’s earned it. And it shouldn’t even be a close. If you don’t think so, do some research on the rookie forwards over the past 20 years that have averaged 10 rebounds per game. The list goes about three deep and young Al is on pace to be the third." In the words of Jules Winnfield, "Well, allow me to retort." Big Al is right on Durant's heels in the race to ROY, but when did averaging 10 rebounds make you a lock for anything? Horford is playing well as a role player, yes. Durant however is charged with carrying a team.

    3. Jamario Moon, F, Toronto
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    43 28.5 7.9 6.2 1.1
    1.0
    1.4 .447 .273 .682
    Last Week: 5 | Drafted: Undrafted
    Can Moon really take off a couple of steps behind the foul line and dunk? Watch for yourself and decide. Don't know about you, but my excitement level for the Sprite Slam Dunk contest is inversely proportional to Tom Brady's anticipation for the release of the "Super Bowl XLII: A Giant Upset" video by NFL Films this Spring.

    4. Luis Scola, F-C, Houston
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    48 21.1 8.3 5.2 1.2 0.6 0.2 .504 .000 .608
    Last Week: 4 | Drafted: 56 by San Antonio in 2002
    Back on June 28 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden you would be hard pressed to find somebody who thought that the Rockets would have one of the strongest rookie classes for the 2007-08 season. But the draft-night trade to land Carl Landry (the first pick of the second round), combined with the steady play by No. 26 pick Aaron Brooks and acquisition of Scola from San Antonio, makes Houston's group of rooks arguably better than any other team's rookie class, save Seattle and Memphis.

    5. Juan Carlos Navarro, G, Memphis
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    48 25.2 10.8 2.4 2.2 0.6 0.0 .422
    .391
    0.803
    Last Week: 3 | Drafted: 40 by Washington in 2002
    The numbers say it all for Navarro last week: 8-for-33 from the field + 4-for-22 from beyond the arc + the Grizzlies losing all three games they played = La Bomba dropping in the standings. And from the "When it rains, it pours" files: Navarro also didn't get the invitation to compete in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout that he was hoping for.

    6. Sean Williams, C, New Jersey
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    44 21.0 7.2 5.5 0.5 0.5
    1.9
    .523
    .000 .625
    Last Week: 6 | Drafted: 17
    Center Nenad Krstic is working his way back into the Nets' rotation and Stromile Swift was added from the Grizzlies, that means somebody in New Jersey's front court is going to see their minutes cut. With Josh Boone getting better every day, Williams might be the odd man out.

    7. Al Thornton, F, L.A. Clippers
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    43 21.1 9.5 3.3 0.9 0.5 0.4 .406 .345 .724
    Last Week: 9 | Drafted: 14
    The rosters for the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge were announced last Wednesday, and Thornton found out before his game that night that he didn't make the cut for the Rookies nine-man roster. How did he respond? By dropping a career-high 33 points on 13-for-20 shooting in a win against Rookie team member Al Horford and the Hawks, that's how.

    8. Yi Jianlian, F, Milwaukee
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    48 27.4 9.6 5.8 0.9 0.6 1.0 .429 .300 .833
    Last Week: 7 | Drafted: 6
    Yao vs. Yi, Vol. II didn't go quite as well for the Bucks' rookie as Vol. I did. With hundreds of millions of his countrymen watching back in China, Yi shot just 1-for-10 from the floor in an eight-point loss to the Rockets. He's been out with a banged up shoulder, but will probably return to the lineup on Saturday.

    9. Thaddeus Young, F, Philadelphia
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    41 16.2 6.3 3.6 0.6 0.7 0.2 .507 .250 .725
    Last Week: The Next 10 | Drafted: 12
    While Kyle Korver has proved to be missing link in Utah, 76ers fan shouldn't totally rue the day that No. 26 and his Kutcher haircut left town. Korver's departure has paved the way for Thaddeus Young's emergence. The 6-8 athletic forward out of Georgia Tech scored in double digits in all four games he played last week to make his debut in the top 10 at No. 9.

    10. Jeff Green, F, Seattle
    G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT%
    47 24.6 8.6 4.4 1.4 0.4 0.7 .434 .130 .694
    Last Week: 10 | Drafted: 5 by Boston
    Green had his best game as a pro last week, making a Laettner-esque 8-for-8 from the floor en route to 17 points in a win against the Cavaliers. On a side note, while watching on episodes of my favorite TV show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, on HBO On Demand this week I realized that Larry David's manager/best friend's name is "Jeff Greene" on the show. So KD's sidekick is Jeff Green, and LD's sidekick is Jeff Greene. These things make me happy.
    RED = Rookie Leader (Must Qualify)

    The Next 10 (alphabetical order): Corey Brewer (MIN), Aaron Brooks (HOU), Mike Conley (MEM), Daequan Cook (MIA), Glen Davis (BOS), Carl Landry (HOU), Joakim Noah (CHI), Jason Smith (PHI), Rodney Stuckey (DET), Nick Young (WAS)


    Noteworthy

    Fazekas

    Four NBA rookies were named to the D-League All-Star game: Nick Fazekas (DAL), Morris Almond (UTA), Kyrylo Fesenko (UTA) and Ian Mahinmi (SAS).
    Chris Richard (MIN) has played three games with the D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce and has registered a double-double in all three games. He's averaging 11.7 points and 11.7 rebounds.
    Arron Afflalo (DET) and Rodney Stuckey (DET) showed motor city fans a glimpse of their team's future on January 31 in a tight win against the Lakers. The efficient duo combined for 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting, three rebounds, five assists and two steals in just 35 total minutes of action.
    Javaris Crittenton (MEM) was traded to Memphis as a part of the Pau Gasol trade last week, so a lot of things have changed for him in the last week ... except playing time. Instead of backing up Derek Fisher and Jordan Farmar, Critt finds himself behind Mike Conley and Kyle Lowry in the pecking order.
    The HNPAMY (Have Not Played A Minute Yet) Club: Herbert Hill** (PHI), Greg Oden** (POR), Ramon Sessions* (MIL), Marcin Gortat* (ORL), JamesOn Curry* (CHI) and Adam Haluska** (NOH)
    * = assigned to the D-League
    ** = injured

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