2012 Rookie-Soph Scorecard: Team Shaq

Updated: February 25, 2012, 11:58 AM ET

Team Shaq grades by John Hollinger

Blake GriffinF | Los Angeles Clippers
A-
Griffin used his 10 minutes well; he had one highlight reel dunk and none of the screwball mistakes that were so emblematic of the game.

Jeremy LinPG | New York Knicks
D
Best moments came in his unprecedented solo press conference before the game. Lin looked exhausted on the court and, even by this game's standards, barely tried, finishing as lone player on his side in single figures with just two points.
Ricky RubioPG | Minnesota Timberwolves
B+
Stats (12 points, seven assists) weren't great, but he provided most of the flair with his around-the-back tricks -- including a full-court aerial to Kemba Walker -- and also nutmegged DeMarcus Cousins with a dribble.
Markieff MorrisF | Phoenix Suns
B
Didn't get a lot of run and won't appear in the highlights, but put in a strong 15 minutes with 12 points and a couple of 3-pointers.

Kemba WalkerPG | Charlotte Bobcats
B+
Walker's not known as a passer but he did a nice job setting up his teammates with 10 dimes, including a few spectacular alley-oop passes. Unfortunately, he didn't shoot well, making only four of his 11 shots.
Landry FieldsSG | New York Knicks
B+
Fields quietly had a very efficient game, with 16 points in 18 minutes and just one turnover even though he didn't seem all that interested.

Norris ColePG | Miami Heat
B-
Had few memorable moments and kept jacking 3s with little regard (a game-high 11 bombs in 24 minutes). But he played a solid game otherwise with 18 points, six assists and four steals.
Brandon KnightPG | Detroit Pistons
C
Tried using this game to prove he could shoot 3s. Instead, he used this game to prove he can't shoot 3s. Knight made only 2 of 9 from distance, messing up what otherwise was a pretty solid performance that included a between-the-legs dish for a Walker layup.
Tristan ThompsonPF | Cleveland Cavaliers
B+
All he did was catch passes and dunk them, but he did that very well, making 10 of 11 for a team-high 20 points. However, he had only one rebound in 27 minutes and committed four fouls; apparently he didn't get the memo about trying on defense.
Greg MonroeC | Detroit Pistons
B+
Provided one of best moments of the game when he clowned John Wall by stealing the ball on a clear-out dunk attempt at the end. Monroe grabbed 10 rebounds, which is no easy feat in a game in which nobody misses a shot, and his five steals and four dimes weren't too shabby (for a center), either.