Top Four NBA Rookie Of The Year Candidates
With the All-Star break approaching, we’re at that point in the season where we are beginning to see the NBA Rookie of the Year award finally starting to shape out. There have been a few outstanding rookies this year who have all played well enough to win the honors but unfortunately only one of them will walk away with the award. Let’s check out the four leading candidates for the award starting with the odds-on favorite Lamelo Ball.
Ball has been the clear-cut favorite for the award about a quarter of the way through the season. Ball started the year off on the bench but has slowly earned more minutes as the year goes on. As of right now, he has been posting 14.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. Not to mention the fact that he averages 1.5 steals per game, leading the entire Charlotte Hornets team in both assists and steals. Ball entered the league with a ton of expectations because of his father Lavar Ball and his brother Lonzo Ball on the New Orleans Pelicans. Safe to say that Ball has played up to those expectations and looks like a superstar in the making for the Hornets.
2021 NBA Rookie of the Year
LaMelo Ball -500
Tyrese Haliburton +600
Anthony Edwards +1200
Immanuel Quickley +1400
James Wiseman +2000
Cole Anthony +2800
Xavier Tillman +3300
Tyrese Maxey +5000
Tyrese Haliburton had slipped to the number 12 overall selection in the NBA draft and he has been proving the doubters wrong this season. He has averaged 12.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game on a Sacramento Kings team that is struggling to find some consistency amidst their rebuild. Haliburton has proven to be the perfect fit next to budding star De’Aaron Fox, with the two forming a very formidable duo when sharing the court together. Haliburton has added solid defense to a Kings squad that has needed it also, averaging 1.2 steals per game as well. This young man out of Iowa State could possibly be the steal of the draft.
Anthony Edwards was the number one overall selection in the NBA draft, and he has not disappointed. He has been slightly overshadowed by the excellent play of Ball and Haliburton, but his play has been solid for a rookie. Averaging 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 37 percent from the field and 30 percent from behind the arc. Edwards has put up a few fantastic performances this year already along with a monster dunk that could go down as the Dunk of the Year by the time this season is all wrapped up.
James Wiseman was the second overall selection in the draft behind Edwards and he has given the Golden State Warriors exactly what they have needed. This Warriors team has needed somebody to step in and provide the team depth at the center position who can rebound and step in as another scoring option and Wiseman is just that, averaging 12.2 points and 6.1 rebounds. He could be higher up on this list if it weren’t for his nagging wrist injury that has held him out of 11 games.