It’s been a mixed bag for our rookies in week three. While our top two candidates have had some enormous games, the other rookies have struggled. Poor shooting and turnovers have been a theme as the NBA game takes its toll on this year’s draft class. Lets hope they sharpen up soon.

1. John Wall | PG | Washington Wizards | 1st Pick 2010
18.1 PPG, 9.8 APG, 3.3 SPG, 39.3 MIN
After nearly getting one last week, the rookie phenom went for it again and notched the first triple-double of his career. He had 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in a solid win against Houston. Not only that, but his 6 steals brought him dangerously close to a quadruple-double. If he’d managed that, we might have had to award him Rookie of the Year honours right now.

2. Blake Griffin | PF | Los Angeles Clippers | 1st Pick 2009
16.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 0.4 BPG, 35.4 MIN
Griffin may have been knocked off the top spot this week, but it was a very close call. The Clippers big man had an equally impressive game against Detroit, where he scored 18 points and grabbed 18 boards to match. However, the feat was overshadowed somewhat by Kevin Love going for 31 points and 31 rebounds the same day! Griffin was just inches away from getting a double-double in his other games this week.

DeMarcus Cousins: Solid off the bench

3. Wesley Johnson | SF | Minnesota Timberwolves | 4th Pick 2010
10.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.1 APG 29 MIN
Johnson is one of the few rookies who has the luxury of getting starting minutes for his team. He’s started at shooting guard in 6 of his 10 games for the T-Wolves, and is proving solid while on the floor. His last three games he’s had 12, 15 and 10 points and has been shooting well, going 5-8, 6-9 and 4-8. One bad point was that he fouled out of his last game against Atlanta.

4. DeMarcus Cousins | PF | Sacramento Kings | 5th Pick 2010
10.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 0.7 BPG 21.8 MIN
Cousins beat his power forward rival, Derrick Favours to the number four spot this week. He’s been providing solid minutes off the bench. His last three games he’s been averaging a near double-double in limited minutes, providing the spark that Sacramento need. Now all they need is some wins!

5. Eric Bledsoe | G | Los Angeles Clippers | 18th Pick
9.4 PPG, 5.2 APG, 1 SPG, 29.7 MIN
Last week’s surprise at five is back again, mainly down to poor games from Turner and Favours. His good performance is certainly due to getting to start for the Clippers, but an 18 point 5 assist and 6 rebounds last game was good. He’s been averaging 12 points and 7.6 assists in his last five. Good numbers for the 18th pick from Kentucky.

As mentioned, the talented picks, Evan Turner and Derrick Favours have struggled as of late. After having a solid couple of games, Favours had a poor outing in Orlando, scoring no points, 2 rebounds and 4 fouls in 13 minutes. Turner had an equally poor last game, scoring nothing in 27 minutes, but did have 15 on Wednesday against the Thunder.

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