Rookie Check-In: Mobley, Duarte Among Early Standouts

Rookie Check-In: Mobley, Duarte Among Early Standouts

We're just over one week into the season, and most of the NBA's top rookies have played in at least three games. That's given us some idea of what to expect from them moving forward, at least from a usage and minutes perspective. Which rookies have performed worse than expected, and which have performed better?

Cade Cunningham, Pistons

After averaging 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks in 27.7 minutes during Summer League, Cunningham sprained his ankle before the preseason started and hasn't played since. It appears he's nearing a return, as he's starting to scrimmage in the G League. He could debut as soon as Saturday when the Pistons return from a road trip.

Jalen Green, Rockets

Green had a massive performance in the third game of the season against the Celtics, as he posted 30 points on 18 shots, notably hitting eight threes. However, he's struggled aside from that. The shooting guard is averaging 14.5 points on 39.0 percent shooting and providing just 2.5 assists in 32.5 minutes. Encouragingly, he's keeping his shot volume high with 14.8 attempts from the field and 7.5 attempts from three. On the other hand, it's concerning that he's yet to take a free throw. None of this is surprising from a 19-year-old regardless of draft pedigree, but it's undoubtedly harming fantasy managers more than helping them at the moment.

Evan Mobley, Cavaliers

Mobley has looked as NBA-ready as any rookie thus far, and he's seeing

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