November 28, 2022

Jaden Ivey is averaging 16.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Pistons.

A month is not a season, and a season is not a career. Still, no matter how small this sample size may seem, it still takes more work to evaluate the NBA’s newest players than it did five weeks ago.

And while we learn about them and their fit with their teams, the class of 2022 will face the league, the intensity of the competition, the demands of the NBA schedule, and blunt veteran opponents, underage and major injuries, nights of shaky shootouts, and relentless desperation for victory.

For players near the top of the Kia Rookie Ladder, early education includes stopping a serious ankle sprain (Orlando’s Paolo Banchero), reminding them that starting is not as important as finishing (Indiana’s Bennedict Mathurin), good stats and winning basketball (Sacramento’s Keegan Murray).

Detroit’s Jaden Ivey had a little bit of everything. Already the fifth overall pick in last June’s draft, he lost nearly as much in one month as two collegiate seasons at Purdue combined (47-15 to the Pistons’ 47-18). He tried to complement last year’s rookie star, Cade Cunningham, until Cunningham sat out seven games before suffering left shin pain. It pushed Ivey into another, bigger role, another adjustment. Then there were the usual rookie games like playing twice a couple of nights instead of twice a week. And free time without classes.

Jaden Ivey scored 26 points in a loss to the Celtics on Nov. 12.

Early in Detroit’s current six-game road trip, Ivey had a brief chat with’s Mark Medina. He shared some notes and quotes with the Ladder Committee. The nimble 6-foot-4 guard, who finished second for the second week in a row, has said his NBA experience so far has been “everything I’ve ever dreamed of”.

how is it?

“It’s about being able to play against the greatest players every night and compete in all these historic arenas in NBA uniforms,” ​​he said. I am enjoying every moment.”

“Every Moment” is obviously about attitude. That’s because it includes the streak and the Pistons’ recent 7-game losing streak. Of the former, Ivey said, “I have to wake up the next day and pin it down for the next game. It requires tremendous mental restraint.” And regarding the latter, “The ball score is amazing. But winning is important. I put it on me. I’m a rookie, but I have to learn as much as I can to win in a good situation.”

Niele Ivey, coach of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, smiles as she watches a Pistons game in October.

Early Bonus: Ivy, who plays in Detroit, is close to family. His father, Javin Hunter, was from Notre Dame before playing wide receiver in the NFL. Jaden Ivey’s grandfather, James Hunter, was a defensive back for the Detroit Lions from 1976-82. His mother, Niele Ivey, played in the WNBA for the Indiana Fever and Detroit Shock before becoming a coach for the Notre Dame women’s basketball team.

“I can visit my grandparents and my father,” Ivy told “I also have ties to my mother’s family. She has her mom’s cousin and some of her family there. It’s an honor to be able to play for a great organization and play for Detroit where I spent part of the summer. I love the city, I’m here and I wear a Pistons jersey every day. I want to represent the city.”

So far, with his speed, wits and raw potential, Ivey is admirably represented. He joins this week’s Ladder with two new faces to compete for the lower tier.

This week’s 2022-23 Kia Rookie Ladder Top 5:

(All stats through Tuesday, November 22)

1. Benedict Maturin, Indiana Pacers

Season Stats: 19.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg
After the last ladder: 17.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg
Last Ladder: 1
Draft picks: 6 overall

Mathurin had to shadowbox in what could have been a two-game head-to-head against ROY rival Paolo Banchero, who missed a pair of games Saturday and Monday at Indianapolis. The Pacers rookie scored 22 points in the second clash and averaged 17 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 40 percent, but his teams won both. Interestingly, during Indiana’s five-game winning streak (16.8ppg, 40% FG, 37.5% 3FG), Mathurin’s stats aren’t quite as flashy as the team’s 5-6 starts (20.4, 46%, 43.7%), but he continues to lead the way. All NBA scores are reserved.

Benedict Mathurin scored 22 points to win against Orlando.

2. Jaden Ivey, Detroit Pistons

Season Stats: 16.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.2apg
After the last ladder: 16.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.5apg
Last Ladder: 2
Draft Pick: 5th overall

The Pistons snapped a seven-game skid after beating Denver on Tuesday without Cade Cunningham, Sadiq Bay and Isaiah Stewart. That put Ivey in his biggest role, as he went 3-of-11 with seven points, six rebounds, five assists and four turnovers in a 2-point win to minus-10 in 26 minutes. his ever-present threat blast to the rim Even if he doesn’t increase his outside shot, it opens up the passing lane for him (except for going 4-for-4 from Sacramento’s arc, he’s gone 4-for-31 from deep since Nov. 14). Backcourt mate Cunningham (left shin) is out indefinitely, hurting synergy development between the two, but increasing Ivey’s reps.

3. Paolo Banchero, Orlando Magic

Season Stats: 23.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.6apg
After the last ladder: DNP
Last Ladder: 2
Draft pick: 1st overall

The Ladder Committee expects Banchero to return to action against the Sixers on Friday once the left ankle sprain that has been injured in a seven-game streak is fully healed. No one in the 2022 class comes close to Banchero in points, rebounds, minutes, FGA or paint points per game (11.8). But the layoff (currently missing nearly 40% of Orlando’s games) saw Ivey play 50% more minutes, Mathurin score 19% more, and his 23 rookie teammates tasted wins more often than the number one pick. double).

Paolo Banchero (center) has missed the Magic’s last seven games with an injury.

4. Jabari Smith Jr. of the Houston Rockets

Season Stats: 10.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 0.8apg
After the last ladder: 14.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 0.7apg
Last Ladder: 5
Draft picks: 3 overall

Of course, his high 22 points so far came “only” against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. But Smith went 5-for-5 from inside the arc, hit three of nine 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds against the nearly intact defending champ. The 19-year-old started the most 3-pointers (96) of any rookie, and his 29 success rate is 30.2 percent.

5. Keegan Murray (Sacramento Kings)

Season Stats: 11.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg
After the last ladder: 7.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg
Last Ladder: 4
Draft Picks: 4 overall

Murray has returned from back pain and played two games this week. He had his worst performance at Memphis on Tuesday after scoring 13 points against Detroit. The Kings wing scored just two points on 1/8 shooting and missed four of his 3-pointers. He has missed 11 of 12 3-pointers over his past three appearances. good news? His sputtering at both ends capped Sacramento’s winning streak and did not interfere.

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6. Tari Eason, Houston Rockets

Season Stats: 8.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg
After the last ladder: 10.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 0.3apg
Last Ladder: 6
Draft picks: 17 overall

Leading the NBA as well as rookies in stolen base percentage (3.8%).

7. Shaedon Sharpe, Portland Trail Blazers

Season Stats: 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 0.5apg
After the last ladder: 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg
Last Ladder: 7
Draft picks: 7 overall

His 3FG is 42.9%, which ranks first among rookies with 10 or more games.

8. Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder

Season Stats: 9.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg
After the last ladder: 13.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.3apg
Last Ladder: 9
Draft Picks: 12 overall

He recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists as a Memphis starter.

9. Jalen Duren, Detroit Pistons

Season Stats: 7.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 0.4apg
After the last ladder: 9.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 0.8apg
Last Ladder: 10
Draft picks: 13 overall

Oh, to clean up the holiday mess like Duren cleaning from rim.

T-10. AJ Griffin, Atlanta Hawks

Season Stats: 8.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 0.7apg
After the last ladder: 13.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg
Last Ladder: N/A
Draft picks: 16 overall

Buzzer-beater vs. The Raptors beat his father Adrian’s (assistant coach) team.

T-10. Andrew Nembhard, Indiana Pacers

Season Stats: 6.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.1apg
After the last ladder: 7.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg
Last Ladder: N/A
Draft picks: 31 overall

Weekly shots 57%/43%/100%, no turnover at 20.3mpg.

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Steve Aschburner has been writing about the NBA since 1980. You can email him here and find his archive here. follow him on twitter.

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