Warriors’ Brandin Podziemski lands in top 5 of ESPN’s NBA rookie power rankings

Coming off his first appearance in the NBA’s Rising Stars game at All-Star weekend in Indiana, Golden State Warriors rookie Brandin Podziemski is continuing to receive high praise.

In the latest set of NBA rookie power rankings from ESPN, the No. 19 overall pick from the 2023 draft landed in the top five. Both of ESPN’s Bobby Marks and Kevin Pelton ranked Podziemski as a top-five rookie through February of the 2023-24 season.

Marks listed Podziemski at No. 3 overall, trailing only No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama and Oklahoma City Thunder breakout forward Chet Homlgren.

Pelton ranked Podziemski at No. 4 behind Wembanyama, Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II and 2023 No. 2 overall pick Brandon Miller.

Both Marks and Pelton praised Podziemski’s playmaking and ability to stuff the box score.

Read ESPN’s full list of rookie power rankings here.

Via @BobbyMarks42 on Twitter:

Through 47 games, Podziemski is averaging 9.9  points on 46.4% shooting from the floor and 38.5% shooting from deep with 5.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 26.4 minutes per game. Podziemski has notched six double-doubles this season, ranking fourth in the NBA for rookies. Podziemski leads the entire NBA in drawn charges with 27 on the season.

Podziemski will have the chance to continue his strong rookie campaign when the Warriors return from the All-Star break on Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers at 7 p.m. PT.

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