This version is a little bit different, in that we're ranking players based (mostly) on their presason performance. One thing to note, however, is that we avoided guys who, even after a strong preseason, aren't likely to get much of a shot in the regular rotation, and may not even make the final 15-man roster.
(A player's previous position in the rankings appears next to his name. We'll then do these rankings regularly once these guys get some real games under their belts.)
Kris Dunn, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves (6)
We place Dunn here simply because we need to discuss how horrible he's been in the preseason. After impressing with a couple of strong summer league performances, Dunn has shown a complete inability to shoot with any consistency.
Through five preseaon games, Dunn is shooting 22 percent from the field while averaging 8.2 shot attempts per contest -- which essentially makes Minnesota's incumbent point guard, Ricky Rubio, look like Steph Curry by comparison.
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Brandon Ingram, SF, Los Angeles Lakers (4)
Much like Kris Dunn, Ingram is only here so we can point out his slower-than-expected start.
Ingram is 11th among rookies in minutes per game 23.5), but he's shooting just 32.4 percent while averaging less than two rebounds and two assists.
Patrick McCaw, PG, Golden State Warriors (NR)
Now here's someone who's actually playing well. McCaw has made the most of his minutes in Golden State and is fifth among rookies with an average of 11.4 points per game.
Best of all, McCaw shoots the ball at a high percentage (45.0 percent from beyond the arc, 48.6 percent overall), and could see plenty of garbage time minutes during the regular season if the Warriors blow past their opponents as many expect.
Jaylen Brown, SF, Boston Celtics (5)
Brown is off to a bit of a slow start, but that's just fine on a solid Celtics team that doesn't need him to contribute right away.
Brown is shooting just 16.7 percent from 3-point range in the preseason and is averaging 9.2 points in 23.2 minutes per contest.
Taurean Prince, SF, Atlanta Hawks (9)
Prince is fitting in nicely, and he's performing well on both ends of the floor. He's averaging 9.4 points on 50 percent shooting, to go along with 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 21.2 minutes per game.
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Jamal Murray, SG, Denver Nuggets (7)
Murray had two 29-point performances during Summer League, but that was when he could shoot all he wanted.
During preseason action, Murray has shown a more efficient side, averaging 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists while knocking down 45 percent of his looks from 3-point distance.
Buddy Hield, SG, New Orleans Pelicans (2)
Hield was expected to do well right away thanks to a combination of experience and opportunity, and so far that's exactly what's happened.
He's fifth among rookies in minutes per game (25.8), and he's shooting 47.6 percent from the field on 10.5 shots per contest.
Troy Williams, SF, Memphis Grizzlies (NR)
Williams went undrafted out of Indiana, but he's making a case that he deserves a roster spot in Memphis.
His 13.8 points per game is tops among all rookies, and he's shooting 50 percent from the field while also averaging 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals.
Marquese Chriss, PF, Phoenix Suns (NR)
The Suns have three rookies who all need minutes to develop, but Chriss has been the one to make the most of his opportunity so far.
Chriss is second among rookies in scoring with an average of 13.6 points per game, but the athletic big man also leads all rookies in rebounds per game (6.2) and is finding ways to contribute on the defensive end as well.
Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers (1)
Embiid's preseason play hasn't given us a single reason to move him off of his previous No. 1 spot, and if anything, we're even more excited for what the future might bring.
Philadelphia is being cautious with Embiid, limiting his minutes while he gets his first taste of NBA action. But we've seen incredible flashes of what he can do at both ends of the floor, and though the injury to Ben Simmons was certainly a setback, an increased role for Embiid could be a bright side to focus on until Simmons makes his way back.