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Rookie Watch: A More Efficient Lonzo Ball

Nick Whalen

RotoWire's NBA Editor and award winning host of the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Many years ago, Stromile Swift gave Nick his unbelievably sweaty headband after a preseason game. Despite its failure to match his school colors, Nick went on to wear that headband for the entirety of his sixth grade basketball season. Catch Nick on Twitter @wha1en.

Midway through Week 13 of the Fantasy basketball season, Nick Whalen checks in on the rookies making an impact around the league.

Donovan Mitchell, Jazz
Ben Simmons is still the Rookie of the Year frontrunner, but Mitchell is making a compelling case of his own. The Jazz are still on the outside looking in when it comes to the Western Conference playoff race, but Mitchell is leading all rookies in scoring (18.5 PPG), while ranking second in steals (1.9), sixth in assists (3.4), and second in made threes (2.2) per game.

Efficiency-wise, Mitchell has been up-and-down, and heís particularly struggled from three-point range (30.4%) in seven games since returning from a toe injury. Thatís to be expected from a 21-year-old, though, and Mitchell is still shooting a very palatable 43.9 percent from the field for the season. In leagues that donít value p

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