Portland point guard Damian Lillard is the only rookie who has consistently played like a star thus far.
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Heading into 2012-13 the Western Conference's clear-cut rookie to watch was Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets. Is that still true? A look at the West's best freshmen thus far.
1. Damian Lillard
, PG, Trail Blazers
The only first-year who has consistently played like a star, Lillard is obviously the early Rookie of the Year favorite.
2. Anthony Davis
, PF/C, Hornets
Early injury problems have kept the highly-touted Davis from truly busting through but he shows regular flashes of dominance.
3. Alexey Shved
, PG/SG, Timberwolves
Few had Shved on the radar before this season but the gifted Russian playmaker has been a key contributor for new-look Minny.
4. Harrison Barnes
, SF, Warriors
Inconsistency has caught up with the athletic Barnes of late but he's still starting for Golden State and often looks stellar.
5. Austin Rivers
, SG, Hornets
His shooting percentages are dismal and Eric Gordon
's return looms, but Rivers nonetheless has his moments for New Orleans.
Honorable Mentions: Jae Crowder
, SF, Mavericks; Draymond Green
, SF, Warriors; Brian Roberts
, PG, Hornets; Thomas Robinson
, PF, Kings; Nando De Colo
, SG/PG, Spurs.