ESPN's David Thorpe ranks rookies this week on their defensive prowess and thinks Brook Lopez has a chance to be "elite." He writes, "It'll be easy to project Lopez to one day be one of the best scorers/shot-blockers in the NBA." He ranks Lopez #5 among top rookies, which means Wednesday's game with the Grizz will feature three of Thorpe's top five: Lopez, Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo.
- Rookie Watch: Who's bringing the D? - David Thorpe - ESPN
- 2008-09 NBA Rookie Class: Top 50 - David Thorpe - ESPN Insider
- Hollinger's Player Statistics - Rookies - John Hollinger - ESPN Insider
- Rose, Mayo headed for award showdown - Bryan Armen Graham - Sports Illustrated
- Rookie Rankings: Gordon's game finding its tune - Dave McMenamin - NBA.com
- ROY Race: Trimester Report - Earl K. Sneed - SLAM