Why Chet Holmgren beats Victor Wembanyama as NBA Rookie No. 1 

These rankings reflect full-season assessments of their performance to date, not power rankings. 

After a month of NBA play, The Athletic's Rookie Rankings for 2023-24 are here. 

Ranking players: what do I look for? Roles and minutes important. 

What does each rookie do, and how often do they play? 

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Are their duties limited, and how well do they perform? 

Are they supposed to score for their teams? Are they and their team successful in that role? 

Is the player playing real minutes on a good club or a bad team with no better options?  

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