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Top 10 NBA Rookies 2022-2023 Rankings

Ranking the best NBA Rookies in the 2022-2023 NBA Season as Paolo Banchero leads the way this month on our NBA Rookie Ladder

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By Fan Rankings | November 19, 2022 - 07:13 PM

Top 10 NBA Rookies 2022-2023 Rankings

Ranking the best NBA Rookies in the 2022-2023 NBA Season as Paolo Banchero leads the way this month on our NBA Rookie Ladder

Top 10 NBA Rookies 2022-2023 Rankings



The 2022-23 NBA Season is off and running while teams and players set their sights on a deep run to the NBA Finals. As veterans enter the 2022-23 NBA season with high expectations set forth for them from their fans as well as from their teams, questions are always asked about the incoming NBA Draft class.

The same can be said for the 2022 NBA Draft class that featured a long list of potential NBA studs including Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Bennedict Mathurin, Jaden Ivey, Jalen Duren, Keegan Murray, and Jabari Smith Jr. Each of those NBA rookies are well deserving of a spot on the Top 10 NBA Rookies Rankings list.



With an NBA draft class loaded with talent and high expectations some of those expectations were diminished after the NBA saw Chet Holmgren go down with a season ending injury before the season got started.

Nonetheless, the rest of the top NBA draft picks have not disappointed to start the season including the Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero who is off to a tremendous start despite the struggles of the Magic.

Along with Banchero a total of six 2022-23 NBA rookies are averaging double digit points to start the season. Here is a look at the Top 10 NBA Rookies Rankings list.




Honorable Mention

Andrew Nembhard

Team: Indiana Pacers

NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: -

Landing just outside of the Top 10 NBA Rookies Rankings list is the Indiana Pacers rookie Andrew Nembhard. Nembhard who is just one of the many young faces leading the Pacers to one of the top records in the Eastern Conference.

Nembhard who played his college basketball at Gonzaga and was drafted during the 2nd round of the 2022 NBA draft class has provided solid production to start the season including averaging 7.2 points per game to go along with 2.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.




Walker Kessler

Team: Utah Jazz

NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: +50000

While the scoring hasn’t yet arrived at the NBA level, the Utah Jazz big man Walker Kessler has shown all the tangibles to start the season while both being effective on the offensive and defensive side of the floors.

Kessler currently leads all NBA rookies while averaging 1.5 blocked shots per game. In addition, the Jazz center also ranks 5th among the class averaging 5.2 rebounds per game all while averaging just 15.3 minutes per game to start the season.

The former Auburn Tigers star is also averaging just under an assist per game to go along with 5.3 points per game.




Top 10 NBA Rookies

10. Jeremy Sochan

Team: San Antonio Spurs

NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: +38000

Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 NBA Rookies Rankings list is the San Antonio Spurs rookie Jeremy Sochan.

Sochan, who the Spurs selected with the 9th overall pick during the 2022 NBA draft is currently putting together a strong season while averaging 24.6 points per game. As the Spurs youth movement continues, Sochan looks to be a bright light moving forward.

The former Baylor Bears star is currently averaging 7.7 points per game to go along with four rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.




9. Jalen Duren

Team: Detroit Pistons

NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: +50000

After landing Cade Cunningham during the 2021 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons continued adding talented stars through the NBA Draft this season with two coveted NBA First Round draft picks.

One of those two draft picks is the former Memphis Tigers center Jalen Duren who was drafted by the team in the 1st round this past summer. As Duren and Cunningham begin to form what looks to be a dynamic big man duo, Duren has played well to start the season.

Duren is currently averaging 6.7 points per game to go along with 7.4 rebounds per game. Duren currently ranks 12th in scoring and 2nd in rebounds among all NBA rookies with at least 10 games played.




8. Tari Eason

Team: Houston Rockets

NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: +50000

The Houston Rockets are just one of a few teams that were able to land multiple talented draft picks during the 2022 NBA Draft. Eason, who played his college basketball for the LSU Tigers was the 17th overall pick during the 2022 NBA Draft.

While expectations were set low for a Rockets team that has struggled, the expectations set forth for Eason as well as fellow first round draft pick Jabari Smith Jr is extremely high in Houston. 

Eason currently ranks 6th among NBA rookies in rebounds (5.0) and 9th in scoring while averaging 8.1 points per game.




7. Shaedon Sharpe

Team: Portland Trail Blazers

NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: +13000

Another top NBA draft pick landing on the Top 10 NBA Rookies Rankings list is the Portland Trail Blazers guard Shaedon Sharpe.

Sharpe, who elected not to play for the Kentucky Wildcats after being one of the top recruits in high school, landed with the Trail Blazers with the NBA Drafts 7th overall pick.

Sharpe is currently one of six NBA rookies averaging double digit points with at least 10 games played this season.

On his rookie year, the Trail Blazers rookie posted at least nine games with double figures including a career high 20 points in a team loss to the Brooklyn Nets back on November 17th, 2022.




6. Jalen Williams

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: +50000

While the NBA Draft pick all eyes were set forth seeing as Jalen Williams teammate Chet Holmgren, it has been Williams who has been turning eyes for a young Thunder roster.

Williams, who played for the Santa Clara Broncos, is off to a solid start to his NBA career averaging 9.2 points per game to go along with 2.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contests.

Over his last three games, Williams is slowly starting to see his production increase, producing three straight games with at least 10 points while grabbing four rebounds.




5. Jabari Smith Jr.

Team: Houston Rockets

NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: +30000

Rounding out the top five on the Top 10 NBA Rookies Rankings list is the Houston Rockets forward Jabari Smith Jr.

Smith Jr. who the Rockets elected to draft with the 3rd overall pick during the 2022 NBA Draft has been as advertised for a rebuilding Rockets team. He is currently averaging 10.2 points per game to go along with 6.9 rebounds.

His production on the floor ranks 5th in scoring and 3rd in rebounds among all 2022 NBA rookies with at least 10 games played this season. The future of Smith Jr and Eason looks bright for the Rockets as they slowly become a team of the future in the Western Conference.




4. Keegan Murray

Team: Sacramento Kings

NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: +10000

Over the summer Keegan Murray demonstrated his ability to become a big-time scoring threat in the NBA after a strong NBA Summer League performance.

While he is blocked by a log jam of forwards within the Sacramento Kings roster, Murray is finding ways to produce for an up-and-coming Kings team in a strong Western Conference. 

Nonetheless, the Kings rookie is still averaging 30 plus minutes per game to go along with 12 points per game, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest.




3. Jaden Ivey

Team: Detroit Pistons

NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: +3000

The future looks bright for the Detroit Pistons after landing multiple top tier caliber players over the past few NBA draft picks.

One of those draft picks is the former Purdue Boilermakers star and 5th overall NBA Draft Pick Jaden Ivey. Ivey has been advertised after he put together a strong college resume for the Boilermakers.

The Pistons first round draft pick currently ranks 3rd among NBA rookies in scoring averaging 16.3 points per game while also ranking 6th in rebounds (4.9), and 1st in assists (4.2) among the group.




2. Bennedict Mathurin

Team: Indiana Pacers

NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: +420

As the Indiana Pacers continue to show their youth movement can compete within the Eastern Conference, one player that is due a ton of that credit is the teams 2022 NBA Draft first round pick Bennedict Mathurin.

Mathurin is nearly averaging 20 points per game (19.6) in his rookie season while averaging 27.8 minutes per contest. To go along with the scoring, Mathurin is averaging 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest.




1. Paolo Banchero

Team: Orlando Magic

NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: -650

In at number one on the Top 10 NBA Rookies Rankings list is the Orlando Magic first round draft pick and leading front runner through mid-November for the NBA Rookie of the Year Paolo Banchero.

Banchero, who had huge expectations after being drafted from the Duke Blue Devils, is putting it all together in his rookie season while also being a big-time fantasy threat for DFS owners. 

Banchero is currently leading all rookies in scoring averaging 23.5 points per game while also leading all rookies in rebounds with 8.3 per game. As Banchero continues to develop, expect his performance to continue as the Magic continue to rely on him during his rookie season.



How would you rank these NBA rookies this November of the 2022-23 NBA Season Rankings? Rank below to be added in the NBA Power Rankings.

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