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Kia Rookie Ladder

Only a couple of rookies in consideration for the weekly Kia Rookie Ladder played more than a single game in the latest stats-cutoff period. Beyond a weekend trip to Cleveland, their schedules have been their own, with the real competition resuming Thursday.

So it seemed like a good week for the Ladder committee to announce a couple of tweaks in the methodology here.

First, this will serve as something of a reset in looking at the field of contenders for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award. For much of the season, the Ladder represents many things to many people – a gauge of a first-year player’s performance overall, a place to monitor progress as the schedule unspooled, a clearinghouse to celebrate big games and hot weeks, a mechanism to toss kudos at guys who emerge, however briefly, from the vast pool of newbies.

CLEVELAND, OH – FEBRUARY 19: Josh Giddey #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons and Scottie Barnes #4 of the Toronto Raptors pose for a portrait before the Taco Bell Skills Challenge as part of 2022 NBA All Star Weekend on February 19, 2022 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Sean Berry/NBAE via Getty Images)

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