NBA All-Star Weekend is underway, which means it's time for our second look at the ESPN Rookie Power Rankings. For each player in our top 10, we will provide a player comparison of a former or current NBA All-Star whom each rookie projects to be like if he can reach his full potential.
The Rookie of the Year race continues to be a blowout, with Caesars Sportsbook anointing Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero as a heavy favorite (-950) to claim the award ahead of Indiana Pacers guard Bennedict Mathurin (+550). The next best odds belong to Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler (+2000), followed by Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey (+5000).
We rate the top first-year players based on their success to this point, as opposed to future potential. This is not a re-draft, but rather an evolving list examining which rookies have been most valuable to their teams.
Stats: 4.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.5 APG | ROY odds: +30000
Best-case All-Star comp: Dejounte Murray
Previous ranking: 5