In accordance with the NBA’s official rookies of the month, Draft Digest will likely be issuing out our own Rookies of the Month Award, starting with November.
The 2022 NBA Draft class got off to a comparatively hot start in October, and has continued that excellence into the next months.
Listed here are the picks for what was an exciting November slate:
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Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana Pacers
No surprise here. With Orlando’s Paolo Ranchero out for a good chunk of games, Mathurin was left to shine on his own as among the finest rookies, and quite truthfully players, within the league.
Mathurin averaged 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in 13 games in November, posting a high of 30 within the points category.
The Pacers finished 9-4 in that span, and undoubtedly don’t have the beginning to their season they do without Mathurin’s help.
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Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder
Perhaps more of a surprise, Oklahoma City’s Jalen Williams takes home the primary Draft Digest Western Conference Rookie of the Month Award.
Full transparency, we all know these picks are much like the official NBA picks, however it’s just because they’re right.
Averaging 10.9 points on 51 percent shooting in 16 games, it’s hard to justify others over Williams in November.
Houston’s Jabari Smith Jr. saw more points per game, but shot just 37 percent from the sector. Atlanta’s AJ Griffin got here close in less minutes, but didn’t do as much in the best way of assists, rebounds, etc.
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