In traditional stats, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is having a good season for a rookie. He's first in steals --being the only rookie with two games with five. He's also fourth in shooting, tied with his Arizona teammate T.J. McConnell; fourth in rebounding; and fourth in double-doubles too.
And as Kevin Pelton of ESPN reports, his analytics are even better. He starts with his affect on the team, as measured by real plus/minus.
RHJ's 1.07 RPM puts him on the short list of rookies who are making a significant contribution this season. With Hollis-Jefferson on the court, the Nets have actually played at the level of a playoff team, posting a net efficiency of +2.9 points per 100 possessions.
Without the 20-year-old from Arizona -- selected with the 23rd pick of the 2015 draft -- the Nets are playing at an abysmal -17.3 net efficiency (far worse than the 0-17 Sixers).
And some of his analytics rank among NBA leaders, not just rookie leaders, as Pelton and Hollinger rankings note...
--Hollis-Jefferson ranks eighth in the NBA in steal percentage;
--His defensive RPM impact of 2.10 points per 100 possessions places fourth among all NBA wings;
--His assist rate (20.3) that ties him for seventh among all shooting guards, not just rookie shooting guards;
--His defensive rebounding rate (22.6) ranks first among NBA shooting guards.
As RotoWorld advises, "He needs to be picked up in all standard leagues when he's hot like this."
New York's other prized rookie - Kevin Pelton - ESPN New York