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Isaiah Whitehead becoming a rung on NBA Rookie Ladder

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While Nets fans wait for Caris LeVert to blossom at Barclays, Isaiah Whitehead has already established himself as a steady fixture on the rookie rankings.

For the fourth straight week, the pride of Coney Island and Seton Hall has found a rung on NBA.com’s Rookie Ladder, this week ranking No. 6. Not bad for a guy who the Nets traded for in the second round.

As Scott Howard-Cooper writes...

Whitehead has come farther faster than even the Nets envisioned, in other words. The No. 42 pick is third in assists, fourth in blocks, 12th in shooting, ninth in steals, ninth in scoring and seventh in minutes.

Nets gave up the 55th pick and $3 million to secure Whitehead’s rights, with some thinking the Nets wanted him purely for marketing in Brooklyn. He is after all the first Brooklyn-born Net.

After Jeremy Lin went down and Greivis Vasquez was waived, the starting point guard’s job fell to him. It’s been a process, said Kenny Atkinson.

“I’m thrilled with his progress, where that first week you were like, ‘Man this is going to be tough, is he going to be ready?’ Now it’s like, ‘Let’s throw him out there,’ and we’re comfortable with that.”

LeVert has yet to make the list, of course, but is starting to put up numbers. Jaylen Brown, the 6’7” swingman taken with the Nets pick, hasn’t made the top 10 in six weeks. Of course, he’s coming off the bench.