NBA.com is ranking the league’s rookies as they rise and fall through summer league play and Demarcus Cousins is currently ranked No. 1 on the Rookie Ladder. Derrick Caracter is No. 2, followed by Wall at No. 3 and then Patterson at No. 6. Daniel Orton is somewhere near the ACE Hardware in Las Vegas looking for the ladder.
(1.) Demarcus Cousins – Cousins takes over the top spot after a monster showing in the Kings’ 79-78 win over the Wolves. Cousins had 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and the game-winning hook shot with 2.9 seconds left. Cousins has been a beast in Vegas and looks like a real threat in the Rookie of the Year race.
(3.) John Wall – Wall had 18 points and 10 assists Monday, but also had eight turnovers. He missed both 3-point attempts, but showed off quickness on defense, tallying five steals.
(6.) Patrick Patterson – Patterson had another solid game to close out his Summer League. In the Rockets’ 82-75 win over Denver, Patterson had six points and 10 rebounds with a pair of blocks. I don’t expect Patterson to put up big numbers his rookie season, but he could be a key contributor off the bench.
Wall and Bledsoe are both in action tonight as the Wizards face the Mavs at 8:00 and the Clippers tipoff against Portland at 10:00.