NBA Rookie Rankings 1/12/14: Nobody's Catching Michael Carter-Williams Right Now

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Jan 2, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) dribbles the ball up the court against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Sacramento Kings 113-104. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout the course of the 2013-14 season, HoopsHabit will be presenting an NBA rookie power ranking, letting you see who has the best shot at winning the Rookie of the Year Award at season’s end.

In an ever changing NBA landscape throughout this 2013-14 season, the NBA Rookie Rankings are one thing that has remained constant. The top five has not changed in more than a month and there have only been two players who have owned the top ranking all season and one of them only held the top spot for a full week.

It’s been an interesting overall season in the NBA, but there are very few rookies who are leaving their mark for their respective teams. Even players whom fans and media personnel have fallen in love with aren’t contributing much to their teams or leading them to more wins. We knew going into the season that the 2013-14 rookie class was weak, but this has been something else entirely. On the other side, some teams many expected, or hoped, would be playoff caliber have been facing injuries and bad play, causing some to wonder if they should call it a season and hope for a top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

That is the future, and this is the present. Somebody has to walk away with the Rookie of the Year award by season’s end and one man has risen above the rest of the field.

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