2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year rankings, All-Star break edition
7. Jayson Tatum, Celtics
Rank Last Week: No. 4
Over his last five games, Tatum has shot just over 35 percent from the floor and 20 percent from three.
Averaging just under 10 points per game over that stretch, this may be the rookie wall for Tatum.
Luckily the All-Star break is here, because the Celtics have lost four of those last five games.
6. Kyle Kuzma, Lakers
Rank Last Week: No. 6
Had 15 rebounds in a loss to the Mavs, and followed that up with 23 points against the Pelicans.
Kuzma has put up great numbers all year for a player that gets less than 30 minutes per game.
5. Lauri Markkanen, Bulls
Rank Last Week: No. 3
When Markkanen plays well, the Bulls as a whole are a better team.
In wins, he averages 16.8 points per game, and shoots 46.9 percent from the floor.
In losses, 14.6 points per game on 41 percent shooting.
Markkanen also put up a solid 21 and 8 in a win over the Magic Monday.
4. Josh Jackson
Rank Last Week: NR
Jackson has finally started to blossom into the player the Suns hoped he would.
16.5 points per game over his last ten, to go along with 6 boards and a block per game.
He's shooting 45 percent from the field in February, and scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting against the Jazz Wednesday.
3. Dennis Smith, Jr.
Rank Last Week: No. 5
Smith had a double-double against the Rockets, with 16 points and 11 assists Sunday, and scored in double figured 22 straight games.
Still has some issues with turnovers though, with six in that loss to Houston.
2. Ben Simmons, Sixers
Rank Last Week: No. 1
Simmons will likely be the Rookie of the Year, but he hasn't been the best rookie recently.
It's been close though, with Simmons putting up another triple-double against the Heat Wednesday, and averaging 16.2 points per game, 6.7 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game over his last ten.
1. Donovan Mitchell, Jazz
Rank Last Week: No. 2
Mitchell deserves more credit for his play of late, that's why he's now in the top spot.
While Simmons gets to work with another franchise player in Joel Embiid, Mitchell just saw Utah's second-leading scorer traded at the deadline (Rodney Hood), and has only gotten 32 games out of center Rudy Gobert.
The Jazz have won 11 straight, and Mitchell is the first rookie to lead his team in scoring during a winning streak that length.
He leads all rookies in scoring (19.6) while shooting 35 percent from three, taking over six per game.