Kia Rookie Ladder: Breaking down stats from the 1st half of the season

Paolo Banchero leads all rookies in complete factors and free throw makes an attempt by means of the first half of the season.

One distinction between assessing veterans at the midpoint of an NBA season vs. making use of that very same half-full filter to rookies is the potential for change.

Think about it: The league’s first-year gamers will double their pattern dimension of video games over the subsequent three months. Their classes as professionals, already coming quick, will get extra concerned and difficult. By comparability, veterans most of the time are who they’re from Opening Night till Game No. 82.

So we’re pausing this week with the 2022-23 Kia Rookie Ladder for snapshots of the statistical leaders to this point. The Class of 2022 is proving to be as adept as it’s deep.


You can see their per-game stats inside the rankings under, however this is a Top 3 glimpse by complete factors.

  • 743 – Paolo Banchero
  • 701 – Benedict Mathurin
  • 600 – Jaden Ivey


Jalen Duren is the Roy Hobbs of rebounders, a pure, of the new guys.

  • 332 – Duren
  • 274 – Jabari Smith Jr.
  • 273 – Walker Kessler


Picking up the slack for the injured Cade Cunningham has Ivey distributing the ball.

  • 164 – Ivey
  • 135 – Banker
  • 132 – Andrew Nembhard


Tari Eason has performed 200+ fewer minutes than the different two right here.

  • 45 – Eason
  • 37 – Nembhard
  • 37 – Ivey


Walker Kessler is the Rudy Gobert of this rookie class.

  • 76 – Kessler
  • 45 – Christian Koloko
  • 37 – Smith Jr.

Field-goal proportion (min. 100 photographs)

  • 70.3% — Kessler
  • 63.4% — They have
  • 51% — Jalen Williams

3-point proportion (min. 75 makes an attempt)

  • 41% — Keegan Murray
  • 40% — Nembhard
  • 36.9% — AJ Griffin

Free throw makes an attempt

  • 277 – Banker
  • 243 – Mathuri
  • 187 – Ivey

» Complete rookie stats leaderboard

The Top 5 this week on the 2022-23 Kia Rookie Ladder:

(All stats by means of Tuesday, Jan. 10)

1. Paolo Banchero, Orlando Magic

Season stats: 21.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.9 apg
Since final Ladder: 23.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.8 apg
Last Ladder: 1
Draft decide: No. 1 general

Of the 40 names exhibiting up on the first returns in fan balloting for subsequent month’s All-Star Game, just one was a rookie: this man. Banchero ranked eighth in frontcourt voting for the East squad, though it is a longshot that he’ll really make the workforce (no rookie has finished so since Blake Griffin in 2011). The younger trio of Banchero, Franz Wagner and Wendell Carter Jr. actually has been clicking — they’re plus-8.3 factors in 342 minutes for a workforce getting outscored by 3.8 ppg general.

2. Benedict Mathurin, Indiana Pacers

Season stats: 17.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.4 apg
Since final Ladder: 14.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.7 apg
Last Ladder: 2
Draft decide: No. 6 overalls

Second place on the Ladder is nice, however Mathurin may rank even larger on a legendary Sixth Man Ladder. He leads all reserves in factors scored (681) and certain will get to 700 earlier than these in his wake — Russell Westbrook (541), Malik Monk (535) and Malik Beasley (520) — even attain 600. Mathurin’s embrace of the function has been key to each his and the Pacers’ success thus far.

3. Jaden Ivey, Detroit Pistons

Season stats: 15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.1 apg
Since final Ladder: 14.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.0 apg
Last Ladder: 4
Draft decide: No. 5 overalls

Win or (largely) lose, Ivey goes to do one thing that demonstrates his potential as soon as he and his Detroit coaches are in a position to knit all of it collectively. Against the Sixers Sunday, he had his sixth 10-5-5 sport. Two nights later, he hit 3-of-5 from deep for 17 factors and 4 assists. Ivey hung out watching movie with coach Dwane Casey Tuesday and one objective is attempting to not “suppose an excessive amount of.”

4. Keegan Murray, Sacramento Kings

Season stats: 11.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.9 apg
Since final Ladder: 13.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 apg
Last Ladder: 3
Draft decide: No. 4 overalls

Murray drained 5 of his six 3-point makes an attempt in the blowout victory of Orlando Monday. With 15 factors, he did not outscore Ladder chief Banchero (17) however he did greater than his share in serving to the Kings to a franchise-record 23 threes. Since Dec. 1, the Iowa product has shot 49.5% from the arc, tops amongst all NBA gamers who’ve taken 100+ photographs since that date.

5. Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder

Season stats: 11.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.8 apg
Since final Ladder: 13.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg
Last Ladder: 6
Draft decide: No. 12 general

Williams’ versatile sport and utilization by coach Mark Daigneault has him poised to nail down an All-Rookie first-team spot, which might make him the first Thunder participant to earn the distinction since Russell Westbrook in 2009. (Williams’ teammate Josh Giddey simply missed, touchdown on the second workforce final spring.)

The Next 5:

6. Jabari Smith, Jr., Houston Rockets

Season stats: 11.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.9 apg
Since final Ladder: 8.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.3 apg
Last Ladder: 5
Draft decide: No. 3 overalls

Loads of catch-and-shoot limits his athletic expertise largely to protection.

7. Jalen Duren, Detroit Pistons

Season stats: 7.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.0 apg
Since final Ladder: 14.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.0 spg
Last Ladder: 7
Draft decide: No. 13 general

Teenager had 18p, 11r, 8-of-8 in win vs. Warriors, then ankle layoff.

8. Walker Kessler, Utah Jazz

Season stats: 6.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.7 apg
Since final Ladder: 6.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 apg
Last Ladder: 8
Draft decide: No. 22 general

Has shot 50% or higher in 35 of 41 appearances. Season FG: 70.3%.

9. Andrew Nembhard, Indiana Pacers

Season stats: 8.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.7 apg
Since final Ladder: 13.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.3 apg
Last Ladder: 11
Draft decide: No. 31 general

Class of 2022’s largest steal, from Draft spot to Ladder rung.

10. Dyson Daniels, New Orleans Pelicans

Season stats: 4.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.2 apg
Since final Ladder: 2.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg
Last Ladder: N/A
Draft decide: No. 8 overalls

Pels’ accidents and his protection opening up minutes.

11. AJ Griffin, Atlanta Hawks

Season stats: 9.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 apg
Since final Ladder: 5.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.7 apg
Last Ladder: 10
Draft decide: No. 16 general

Better off the bench: 17.3 factors per 36, 49.2%/40% vs. 16.5, 43.5%/32.3%.

12. Jeremy Sochan, San Antonio Spurs

Season stats: 8.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.4 apg
Since final Ladder: 7.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.8 apg
Last Ladder: 9
Draft decide: No. 9 general

“An excellent all-around sport,” coach Gregg Popovich stated lately.

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