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Top 10 NBA Rookies of November 2021 Rankings

Ranking the future of the league in our NBA Rookie Ladder such as Jalen Suggs, Evan Mobley, and more as Cade Cunningham leads the way this month

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By Fan Rankings | November 18, 2021 - 08:53 AM

The 2021-2022 NBA Season is off and rolling as we roll into Mid November with some exciting basketball being played on the hardwood. Some of that exciting play is coming from the Class of 2021-2022 who are slowly making a name for themselves among the great stars of the NBA. 

While it is hard to put a distinct ranking on each of the Top 10 NBA Rookies 2021-22, the list is filled with a solid group of guys who should be the face of the NBA for many years to come. 



A group of guys to include the number one overall pick Cade Cunningham as well as guys like Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes, Jalen Suggs and Josh Giddey to name just a handful. 

As this young group of stars continue to develop their success and production are key to the development of their respective teams while also making a name for themselves as some of the games most talented young stars.



With that said, here is our list of the Top 10 NBA Rookies 2021-2022:



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Honorable Mention

Herbert Jones

Team: New Orleans Pelicans

The former Alabama Crimson Tide Star is slowly emerging as a young face of the NBA while getting his feet wet for the New Orleans Pelicans. 

Through his first 11 NBA games this season, Herbert Jones is averaging 7.3 points a game to go with 1.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per contest. Among 2021-22 NBA Rookies, Jones ranks 12th in scoring, 12th in rebounds and 14th in assists. 

In addition, Jones is averaging 38.5 percent shooting from three point territory and 50 percent shooting from the field to start the season.




Bones Hyland

Team: Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets are one of the most exciting and talented teams within the NBA built around MVP Nikola Jokic. 

One up and coming star of the team is Bones Hyland from VCU who is putting together a solid rookie season through his first 10 games to start the year. Hyland is averaging 9.1 points a game to go with 2.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and one steal. 

In addition, Hyland is averaging 35.3 percent shooting from behind the three point line as well as 41.3 percent shooting from the field. Hyland ranks 11th among rookies in scoring per game and 17th in rebounds per game. 




Top 10 NBA Rookies

  1. Franz Wagner

Team: Orlando Magic

Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 NBA Rookies 2021-22 is the Orlando Magic rookie Franz Wagner. Wagner who starred at the University of Michigan the past few seasons was selected by the Magic with the teams 8th overall pick. 

Starting the season, Wagner was hot for the Magic posting double digit points in each of his first nine contests including posting a career high 28 points to go with four rebounds in a 115-97 win on November 1st

On the year Wagner ranks fifth among all rookies in points averaging 13.0 per game while also ranking ninth in rebounds averaging 3.8 per contests.




  1. Alperen Sengun

Team: Houston Rockets

The former 16th overall pick during the 2021 NBA Draft class, Alperen Sengun is slowly putting together a solid rookie campaign for the Houston Rockets. 

Sengun is averaging 9.4 points a game to go with 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists to start the season. In addition to that success, Sengun is shooting 42.9 percent from three point territory to start the season. 

Among all rookies the Rockets center ranks ninth in points per game, sixth in rebounds and eighth in assists. 




  1. Jalen Green

Team: Houston Rockets

After being selected number two overall by the Houston Rockets during the 2021 NBA draft, the expectations were set high for Jalen Green who played last season with the NBA B League Ignite team. 

His success helped Green move up the rankings and eventually landed with the Rockets. Green has disappointed as a rookie averaging 13.8 points per game while also averaging 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.




  1. Davion Mitchell

Team: Sacramento Kings

When looking at the class of 2021-22 around the NBA, the group of players are solid and talented from top to bottom with some solid future stars in the making. One of those stars is point guard Davion Mitchell who played his college ball with the Baylor Bears. 

Entering Monday, Mitchell is averaging 9.8 points a game to go with 2.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists while playing at a high level for the Sacramento Kings. Mitchell ranks eighth in the NBA in points per game among all rookies.




  1. Jalen Suggs

Team: Orlando Magic

The former Gonzaga Bulldogs star shooting guard is emerging as a true threat and weapon for the Orlando Magic. Suggs enters the middle of November averaging 11.3 points a game to go with 3.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest. 

Suggs, who had high expectations entering the season is slowly dealing with some injuries but has shown flashes of his upside. 

Suggs ranks seventh among all rookies in scoring, 11th among all rookies in rebounds and fourth in assists per game.




  1. Chris Duarte

Team: Indian Pacers

The Indiana Pacers rookie has had an up and down rookie season but has shown at times his ability to carry the team’s offense while posting solid production when on the floor. 

Duarte is averaging 14.3 points a game to go with 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and .9 steals per contest. 

In addition, Duarte is shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from behind the three point line. 




  1. Josh Giddey

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

With the remaining four guys on the top of the Top 10 NBA Rookies 2021-2022 list, each one could be at the number one position and each have a strong potential to take home the NBA Rookie of the Year award. 

Giddey who elected to play college ball played within the National Basketball League with the Adelaide 36ers before being drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Giddey enters November 15th, 2021 ranked 1st in the NBA in assists per game with 5.9, third in rebounds per game with 6.4 and 10th in points per game with 9.3 among all rookies.




  1. Scottie Barnes

Team: Toronto Raptors

The debate can easily be made for Scottie Barnes to be at the top of this list and his play on the floor has clearly shown up to start the season. 

Among the other top two candidates Evan Mobley and Cade Cunningham, Barnes inherited a solid NBA roster which has helped with his production while making him stand out as a better option. 

Barnes is ranked first in the NBA in points per game among all rookies with 16.2 per game while also ranking first in rebounds with 8.3 and sixth in assists with 2.8 per game.




  1. Evan Mobley

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

When looking at the success of the Cleveland Cavaliers this season it is hard to look past Evan Mobley as one of the top rookies among all to suit up this season. 

Mobley is ranked second in the NBA in points per game among all rookies with 15.6 points a game as well as second in rebounds with 8.3 rebounds per game. 

Mobley is a key threat for the Cavaliers down the stretch and one to make a solid move to win the Rookie of the Year.




  1. Cade Cunningham

Team: Detroit Pistons

While the production is not showing up at the highest levels as a few of these stars, Cunningham has looked dominant when on the floor this season. 

As Cunningham slowly gets back to playing at a high level after dealing with an injury to start the season, he is ranked sixth among all rookies averaging 11.7 points per game, fourth in rebounds per game with 5.1 and fifth in assists with three among all rookies. 

Cunningham is a versatile star that has shown his ability to play at a high level.



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