Rookie Watch: Two-Week Check-Up
Rookie Watch: Two-Week Check-Up

With Tuesday night's games in the books, we're officially a full two weeks into the NBA season.

Let's make one thing clear: It's still far too early to pass judgement on most early trends. Aaron Gordon probably won't emerge as the best three-point shooter in the NBA. The Cavs probably won't lose 50 games and miss the playoffs. And the Grizzlies might not, in fact, be the best team in the West.

All that said, it's never too early to pick apart players who've spent less than 250 minutes on an NBA floor. The 2017 rookie class carried as much hype as any in recent memory, and for good reason. Now that we've had a couple of weeks to see for ourselves, let's take a look at which rookies have turned heads early on, and which have left fantasy owners cursing the name of Bryan Colangelo.

Editor's note: All numbers are current through games on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Markelle Fultz, 76ers
Why not start at the top? During the preseason, the reigning No. 1 pick debuted a new, clunky-at-best, shooting motion. No one thought much of it at the time, but soon after his regular season debut, it was clear Fultz wasn't right. While he still occasionally flashed the slashing ability that made him close to a consensus No. 1 prospect in a loaded class, Fultz looked a step slow on offense and avoided the three-point line altogether – a concerning development for a player whose ability to play

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