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NBA Rookie of the Year Overview and Predictions

Rookie of the Year AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

The Rookie of the Year winners in the NBA has some one off players and then has some future legends in the league on the list. This year is peculiar due to the amount of the talent that has debuted this season. With that being said, there are four legitimate candidates for the award in my eyes.

Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks is a candidate due to the amount of playing time he is going to get on the team. The other point guards besides Smith in the rotation would be J.J. Barea and Seth Curry. Smith can play with the ball as he averaged 18.9 PPG, 6.2 APG, .455 FG percentage, and .359 3P percentage in 1 season at NC State. In a clear first year of a rebuild for the Mavs, Smith can possibly be the only bright spot.

Newly minted and most popular rookie LA Laker Lonzo Ball is in the running for this award as well. Put the hate for his overbearing father to the side because Ball fits the style in which the NBA is heading. He looks to get everyone involved on the court and still will find to stuff the stat sheet as he recorded 2 double-doubles so far on the young season. Lonzo will still have to deal with more adversity because of the fan favorite Lavar Ball’s praise for his son but Lonzo will show and prove throughout the season. Especially since the Lakers believe in having him for the future.

Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics is a strong candidate through his strong play and intriguing situation of Gordon Hayward going down. Tatum has been put into the starting lineup to no disappointment at the point in time. Tatum is averaging 14.0PPG and 7.0 APG so far in his young rookie campaign. Tatum putting up these numbers consistently on a top contending Eastern Conference should hold weight when it comes to voting time for this award.

The final candidate is Ben Simmons and looking like the frontrunner for the award on this young season. Simmons is averaging 18.4 PPG, 9.1 APG, 7.7 RPG, and shooting 53% from the field. Simmons has 3 double-doubles and 1 triple-double in 7 games to begin his NBA career. With the ball being placed in his hands every opportunity possible, Simmons is keen to keep this production up barring injury as he is a natural facilitator. Keep in mind if the Philadelphia 76ers are much improved in playoff contention with Ben playing like this, he could have the best case.

My prediction for the winner is Ben Simmons with bias included. If Simmons does win the award, he’ll be the third player not from the United States to win ROY. I’ve seen them all play and Simmons has the biggest effect on his team and is putting up the best numbers consistently.

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