Rating rookies: Head of class so far?

5-on-5 Roundtable: Debating the most surprising, disappointing NBA newbies in '11-12

Updated: January 6, 2012, 12:52 PM ET
ESPN.com and the ESPN.com Network

David Thorpe gave his take on the top rookies to hit the NBA hardwood this season. Now our five participants give their takes on the 2011 rookie class through two weeks.

1. Who has been the best rookie in the NBA thus far?

Chad Ford, ESPN.com: Ricky Rubio. MarShon Brooks and Kyrie Irving are both putting up better numbers, but whenever Rubio steps on the floor, magic happens. He plays basketball like a symphony conductor and, if he can keep shooting the ball with confidence, ...

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