By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on August 6, 2014
A survey conducted by John Schuhmann of NBA.com shows what NBA rookies think of their peers. Questions on the survey included who will be the 2014-15 Rookie of the Year, which rookie will have the best career and which rookie is the most athletic, among others. Here’s an in-depth look at where the top five candidates for NBA Rookie of the Year landed as voted by other NBA rookies.
5.6% of Vote
Despite being selected sixth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, Nerlens Noel is eligible for the 2014-15 Rookie of the Year Award because he never suited up once for the Philadelphia 76ers due to injury. Noel has been flying under the radar this offseason, which is a good thing, as it will give him a chance to surprise once the regular season rolls around.
5.6% of Vote
Even though Shabazz Napier only made 27.7 percent of his shots in Vegas and 27.3 percent of his shots in Orlando Summer League, other rookies still believe he has the necessary skill set to excel for the Miami Heat in his rookie season. Clearly, the fact that Napier led UConn to a National Championship weighs heavily on the minds of his peers.
8.3% of Vote
Doug McDermott has been so impressive in the early going that he has some believing he will start at small forward for the Chicago Bulls in 2014-15. His average of 18 points per game in the NBA Summer League, including 31 points on 12 shot attempts in one contest, makes him the most impressive pure shooter among rookies thus far. It’s no wonder his peers believe he has what it takes to be a finalist for Rookie of the Year.
8.3% of Vote
It’s no surprise to see Andrew Wiggins on this list considering he was the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. On top of that, he played decent during the NBA Summer League. One has to assume the reason he isn’t the outright favorite to win Rookie of the Year is due to the uncertainty surrounding his trade status. Playing for the Cavaliers or the Timberwolves will put him on two very different paths for his rookie season.
52.8% of Vote
Jabari Parker is the overwhelming favorite to win the 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, rightfully so. He has the most offensive potential of any rookie, and he has the best chance of making an early name for himself by playing for a depleted Bucks team. The fact that it’s nearly guaranteed he will start gives him an edge when it comes time to vote. The only thing he has to do is play an impressive style of basketball.
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