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.