NBA Rookie Power Rankings: Why Evan Mobley is still No. 1, Cade Cunningham's progression, surprise second-rounders and more

Cleveland Cavaliers center Evan Mobley leads all rookies in rebounding this season. Jason Miller/Getty Images

We've passed the halfway point of the NBA season, and the highly touted 2021 draft class has lived up to expectations.

Not only are the No. 1-caliber picks such as Cleveland Cavaliers center Evan Mobley and Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham producing for their respective teams, but two surprise second-round draft picks are also rising up the rankings. With three months remaining in the regular season, one player has emerged as the Rookie of the Year favorite, but several candidates are in position to overtake him for the top spot.

Which rookie has made the biggest jump in Rookie Power Rankings since November?

In our second rankings, we rate the top 10 rookies based on how they've played so far and spotlight a specific skill each player has displayed this season. Keep in mind, this is not a re-draft or a ranking based on future potential, but rather a fluid list that spells out which rookies have been most valuable through at least 41 games.

1. Evan Mobley, center | Cleveland Cavaliers