Top 5 Early Candidates for 2013-2014 NBA Rookie of the Year

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Top 5 Candidates for Rookie of the Year

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There were many great players who entered the draft this past summer and some of those players are already having a big impact for their team. The 2013-14 NBA season may be young, but this article will be looking at the top five early candidates for the NBA Rookie of the Year.

The top two players on this list should surprise no one. However, all five players had great college careers and were some of the best in college basketball last season.

Players like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tim Hardaway Jr. could have easily been put on this list, but fell just short. Another talented first-year player that did not make the cut is Nate Wolters.

As I said earlier, the season is still young, so those three players--along with many other rookies--could still technically be the rookie of the year.

Although this article will look at the early candidates for rookie of the year, it is a two-man race in my book. I am sure a lot of people would agree with that as well.

This class--just like any other rookie class--has players that will become NBA stars in the future.

I would have loved to see Nerlens Noel show his worth, but he is still out with that knee injury. He has the talent to make an instant impact once he does finally take the court. We may have to wait until next season for that, though.

Well, read on to see the top five early candidates for the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year.

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5. Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics

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Kelly Olynyk is averaging 7.4 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game. He has missed his fair share of time already this season, but if he can stay healthy, he could certainly make at run for the best rookie in the NBA.

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4. Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings

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Ben McLemore is putting up 8.9 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game.

After scoring 14, 20 and 15 in back-to-back-to-back games, McLemore has not scored more than five points--four game stretch. Just like any rookie, McLemore is inconsistent, but he does have an endless amount of talent.

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3. Trey Burke, Utah Jazz

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Trey Burke and the other two players left on this list separate themselves from the pack.

Burke is averaging 12.4 points per game, 4.9 assists per game and 3.3 rebounds per game. He has only scored under 10 points two times in December and has even reached the 20-point mark twice (three times overall on the year).

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2. Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic

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Victor Oladipo was picked No. 2 overall and he has not disappointed whatsoever. He is averaging 13.8 points per game, 3.5 assists per game and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Oladipo had an off night against the Chicago Bulls last game (eight points), but he is averaging 14.8 points per game in the month of December, which includes two 26-point appearances.

Oladipo is still trailing the No. 1 rookie on this list, but he continues to improve as the season progresses.

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1. Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers

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This one is a no-brainer. Michael Carter-Williams is putting up 17.7 points per game, 7.3 assists per game and 5.8 rebounds per game. That would be good enough to win rookie of the year almost every season.

However, Carter-Williams has been battling an injury and needs to eventually return to the court. Still, he is the front-runner by miles when it comes to the NBA Rookie of the Year.

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