By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on August 6, 2014
The NBA rookies recently got together for the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot. During that time, John Schuhmann of NBA.com decided to conduct a survey that basically asked the players questions about 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 a look at the top five candidates who are projected to have the best c
5.4% of Vote
In four games during the Las Vegas Summer League, Andrew Wiggins averaged 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. These numbers are decent but definitely not what the Cleveland Cavaliers expected to see from their No. 1 overall pick. One of the reasons could be that Wiggins has no idea which team he will play for once the season starts. Regardless, he’s still considered someone who will have a great career.
5.4% of Vote
Zach LaVine is considered among his peers as the most athletic of the rookie class. If he can get in the weight room and bulk up, which is his top priority over the next couple of months, then he could be on his way to having a stellar career for the Minnesota Timberwolves. To think that there’s a chance he could line up next to Wiggins at some point in the near future has to excite fans in Minnesota.
8.1% of Vote
T.J. Warren is someone who the rookies believe is going places in the NBA. Warren averaged 17.8 points per game while shooting 54.5 percent from the field during the NBA Summer League, including a 28-point, 11-rebound performance in one contest. His name frequently showed up as one that tallied votes during the survey. On top of that, the Suns are very excited for what he will bring to the table in 2014-15.
13.5% of Vote
The Chicago Bulls are confident that Doug McDermott will be able to start at small forward this season, with veteran Mike Dunleavy coming off the bench. The main reason for that is due to his outstanding production during the NBA Summer League. His average of 18 points per game, including 31 points on 12 shot attempts in one contest, makes him the most impressive shooter among rookies so far.
45.9% of Vote
It should be no surprise that Bucks’ Jabari Parker is No. 1 on this list. Not only do his peers believe he will be named Rookie of the Year at the end of the season, but they also think he has what it takes to have the most impressive career among them when it’s all said and done. Parker struggled a bit in the Summer League, but what is most impressive is his ability to lead the players around him with his voice and his play.
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