• Oscar Sullivan

Introducing the rookie guard rankings

Welocome to a *second* weekly tradition like no other: the Rookie Guard Rankings! With this draft class being particularly stacked with intriguing guards, it's interesting to see how our very own Frank Ntilikina stacks up against the field on a week-to-week basis. Treat these rankings as a way to celebrate the highs, the lows, and the weird from an exciting group of young guards. It was a particularly impressive week from this group that was capped off with a mouth-watering game from Frank.

1. Donovan Mitchell

Another stellar week for Mitchell that was capped off by a 35-point explosion against the Hornets. He's already a professional scorer, however the one caveat to that performance was that he finished with zero assists. The next step in his game will be improving his playmaking for others.

2. Lonzo Ball

Ball led the Lakers to three wins in three games — including one over Dennis Smith Jr. — and was a whopping +57. In 38 minutes a game, he nearly averaged a triple-double of 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists with only 2 turnovers. Shooting remained an issue, but he still got 'em up, attempting 7.0 three pointers.

3. Dennis Smith Jr.

After some ugly stat lines earlier in the season, Smith has scored in double figures in eight straight games. He averaged 19 points in three games, however shot a measly 39% from the floor and 26% from three. If he can raise those marks to respectable he could be poised for a midseason tear.

4. Frank Ntilikina

A mostly forgettable week for Frank ended with one of the best games of his season: 10 points, 10 assists, and 7 boards. He had the proper amount of aggressiveness and made his impact felt on both ends. A very tasty glimpse of things to come for our mini Kawhi.

5. De'Aaron Fox

The Kings are awful, and that's allowed Fox to get a healthy dose of minutes as the team's starting point guard. He averaged over 30 minutes a game this week and has been working through expected growing pains. One positive: although not known as a shooter, he was getting his threes up, with 3.8 attempts a game.

6. Malik Monk

Another forgettable week for Monk as he's struggled to even crack the rotation in Charlotte. Tell me more about how the Knicks not drafting him was a huge mistake.