We're about halfway through the season, so now's a good time to check back in on the rookies. We don't necessarily want to look at stats from the whole season since players have settled into their roles, but we don't want to go too short-term either, given COVID-related absences. So, we'll be looking at rookie ranks over the past 30 days. Let's start at the top, with this year's No. 1 overall draft pick:
Rank (8-Category, Per Game): 59
Cunningham continues to have up-and-down performances – he scored a career-high 29 points Monday and followed it up with eight points and six turnovers the next day. That hasn't stopped him from being the best fantasy rookie this month (though not by much). In his past 10 games, he's averaged 15.2 points on 40/36/82 shooting, 6.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 32.7 minutes. While his shooting efficiency and turnovers (4.1) are an issue, he's got a 27.8 percent usage rate and is the unquestioned leader of the Pistons.
Jones is narrowly behind Cunningham for most productive rookie over the past 30 days. At the beginning of the year, the prevailing thought was that rookie Trey Murphy would be the more useful rotation piece. That's not been the case. Jones has a great defensive presence for the struggling Pelicans. Over the past 12 games, he's averaged 12.6 points on 51/38/86 shooting, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks in 32.7 minutes. While