A handful of rookies finally got some playing time due to starter injuries this week, including one who made his NBA début. But it’s no surprise that there’s that familiar face at number one.

1. Blake Griffin | PF | Los Angeles Clippers | 1st Pick 2009
20.2 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 0.5 BPG, 35.5 MIN

I said it last week, and I’ll say it again – Griffin is simply a man among boys. This Clipper has continued to wow pundits around the league, and is definitely a serious contender for an All-Star spot in February. If he does get voted in, he’d be the first rookie to do so since Yao Ming in the 2002-03 season. This week, Griffin continued his stellar play – and has now had eight consecutive double-doubles.

2. DeMarcus Cousins | PF | Sacramento Kings | 5th Pick 2010
11.1 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 0.6 BPG, 24.0 MIN
While Dalembert suffers with a knee injury, Cousins is seeing a bit more playing time on the floor – his minutes increasing over the last three games. Against the Pacers on Tuesday he had an impressive 20 points and 8 rebounds. Then on Saturday he got his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. That should soften the blow for Kings fans who haven’t seen their team get a win since mid November.

3. John Wall | PG | Washington Wizards | 1st Pick 2010
17 PPG, 8.7 APG, 2.5 SPG 38.2 MIN
It’s nice to see Wall back, and he’s slowly climbing back up our rookie rankings. Returning from injury on Wednesday, he got 19 points and 8 assists. It looked like he was back to normal, but surprisingly he only got 2 assists in his next game in a whopping 40 minutes of playing time. He had a double-double game against Phoenix, but he’s far from the same explosive form that we saw him in at the start of the year.

4. Landry Fields | SF | New York Knicks | 39th Pick 2010
10.8 PPG,7.4 RPG, 1.8 APG 30.8 MIN
What makes Fields different from the other rookies this year? He’s actually playing for a winning team. And rather than riding the pine, he’s producing solid play for the Knicks. 11.6 points and 9.4 rebounds over his last 5 games is good, especially for a shooting guard. He had a big game against Toronto, scoring 15 and 10 boards. The Knicks have also won four in a row.

5. Wesley Johnson | SF | Minnesota Timberwolves | 4th Pick 2010
9.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2 APG, 28.3 MIN
Johnson had a career best in a win against the Cavs. He was vital in that game, scoring a solid 20 points on 8 for 9 shooting. His other games this week were pretty underwhelming. 5 and 4 points against Dallas and San Antonio. He really struggles against teams with records better than the Wolves. Hold on, isn’t that every team?

Raptors power forward Ed Davis, the 13th pick of this draft class, made his NBA debut this week, and it was pretty impressive. In his first-ever pro game, he scored 11 points, snatched 6 rebounds and swatted away 2 shots in just 24 minutes on the floor. He got solid numbers in his other two outings too. Pistons PF Greg Monroe also got some starter minutes, and got 15 points and 8 rebounds. Nice to see the guy get some exposure.

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