The NBA season is just three weeks old, but some rookies have emerged as early candidates for Rookie of the Year, including Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen.
Mark Schanowski ranked his top five rookies with the regular season just over 10 percent of the way finished. Watch the video in the embedded tweet below to see Schanowski explain his rankings and read on for more information on his top five.
5. Jayson Tatum, Boston
Key stats: 13.6 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, 51.7 percent 3-pointers
The No. 3 pick in the draft is in the top five among rookies in a number of categories and is getting plenty of playing time for a championship contender.
Schanowski: "After the Gordon Hayward injury, Tatum will be counted on to play major minutes on one of the Eastern Conference's best teams."
4. Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas
Key stats: 13.3 points per game, 4.6 assists per game
Smith has proven to be a bring spot at point guard for a struggling Dallas team despite shooting below 40 percent and having 3.7 turnovers per game so far.
Schanowski: Smith is "showing future All-Star potential with his explosive drives and long-range shooting."
3. Kyle Kuzma, LA Lakers
Key stats: 15.4 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, 56.3 percent field goal shooting
Kuzma was taken all the way down at No. 27 in the draft, but he is stealing some of the thunder from fellow Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.
Schanowski: "Right now Kuzma looks like one of the steals of the draft."
2. Lauri Markkanen, Bulls
Key stats: 16.3 points per game, 9 rebounds per game, 37.9 percent 3-pointers
Markkanen is second among rookies in scoring and rebounds while proving to be the type of modern NBA big man with plenty of shooting range.
Schanowski: "Markkanen is showing a lot of versatily on offense and he's a better rebounder than advertised."
1. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia
Key stats: 18 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, 8.2 assists per game
Simmons was the No. 1 pick last year, but was out with an injury the whole season. He is making his mark as a rookie this year with two triple-doubles already and leads rookies in scoring, rebounds and assists. If he comes close to maintaining this production, he will be a lock for Rookie of the Year.
Schanowski: "Ben Simmons is definitely proving to be worth the one-year wait in Philadelphia... He's looking like a more talented version of Lamar Odom."