Rookie of the Year Race

5. Lonzo Ball

Perception is not reality. Some talking heads are talking about him being a bust because of his low shooting % but that’s literally the only place he is struggling. The rookie is top 5 in every other category outside of scoring amongst all rookies. Including 2nd in assists and 3rd in rebounding and steals. He has been having a good start to his career if you take the hype off of it. Once his scoring ability develops Ball will become a special player capable of doing anything your team needs to win.

4. Lauri Markkanen

The 3rd best rookie scorer and 2nd best rebounder deserves a spot on this list. He’s been averaging 14.6 PPG and 8.2 RPG which are very solid numbers for a rookie. He’s that stretch 4 that the NBA loves nowadays.

3. Jayson Tatum

It was between him and Lauri for this spot but I decided to go with winning and efficiency over putting up a lot of shots on a bad team. Tatum is a main option on the best team in the NBA and is shooting 50% from the field AND from 3. Jayson Tatum is a very polished rookie himself looking great in Brad Steven’s offense.

2. Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma has been the steal of the draft thus far. He looks like the most polished rookie out of the bunch. He can score in any way whether its the 3 ball, off the dribble, post up, whatever. He’s averaging 17 a game while also shooting 50% from the field. 2nd and 3rd among all rookies.

1. Ben Simmons

I don’t think this is a question or needs much explanation. The 2nd year rookie has looked like an All-Star this year averaging 18.5 PPG 7.7APG and 9.1 RPG. Running point at 6’10 with his athleticism, inside game, and vision has made the 1st year player hard for teams to stop. The tandem of him and Embiid has “The Process” a full go right now.

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