Rookie of the year
As of right now, the race will be between CJ Mccollum and Oladipo (if they trade Afflalo), I dont think Trey Burke is ready yet to make a push for the award.. Olynyk maybe? He will score points and grab maybe 7 rebounds but thats pretty much it.. I dont believe in Mclemore at all..
If Giannis Antetokounmpo gets enough PT, he gets the award though sorry..
I think he's going to have a hard time finding consistent playing time, unless they play him at SF. But if Bynum and Varejao stay healthy (not likely), it's going to be difficult to give Bennett big minutes.
This can't be EB. Discussing actual American basketball players and making some decent points! (apart from the last one)
I think Zeller has a chance. Put up good SL numbers, and will get playing time. Same for Oladipo.
McCollum is favourite IMO. Great scorer, should get 30+ minutes a game splitting time at the 1 and 2 spots.
I've got Ben McLemore.
With Tyreke Evans out of the picture and a pass-first point guard, he's going to have plenty of shots, especially if he plays off DeMarcus Cousins (paradox), who I think is set to have a breakout year.
If Afflalo is traded, Oladipo could make some noise. I'd like to see Cody Zeller get a few shots as he's probably the 3rd or 4th best offensive player on the Bobcats.
Otto Porter might put together nice all-around stats if he can snag a starting spot
I could easily see Cody Zeller stealing it this year. The Bobcats frontline is pathetic, and he compliments Big Al with his outside shooting, so you know he's getting minutes. If he can put up 14-7 or similar, and the Bobcats are in the playoff race he could get a lot of recognition.
I also wouldn't be surprised to see Otto Porter become a serviceable player in his first year, and has a Harrison Barnes type of effect on a playoff team. He won't be the main guy, but he'll do all the little things that could win him the award.
Holy &$#%#&@! you guys take things super literal, I realize he will be sharing the ball with Waiters and Irving, I realize we haven't even had a chance to see him play a summer league game let alone an NBA one. RELAX EVERYONE, can't a guy be optimistic?
Way to freak out over a couple of negs. I don't count out anybody for the ROY, it's really just about getting significant playing time.
Not freaking out over negs, somewhat disappointed people are so negative at the idea that Bennett can be ROY, kid definitely has potential. You guys think that Kyrie/Waiters/Bynum are really going to contribute 100 points every game offensively? We definitely need players like Bennett and Miles to step up and contribute to the scoring load. ESPECIALLY if Bynum/Andy get hurt.
Cussing then telling everyone else to relax is kind of countering.
Aside from that, it was difficult for people to really take your suggestion seriously because you simply typed "Anthony Bennett" with no explanation.
Hell, he could very well play small forward or huge minutes at PF if Bynum and/or Varejao get injured and put up nice numbers but I think the negative feedback was more-so directed towards the fact that you did no explaining on your reply.
It's McCollum or Zeller.
It's going to be Cody Zeller I believe, he's a starter from day 1 and should get at least 32 minutes a game
Alright Zeller can score some points in the summer league I'll give him that, and even pull some rebounds.. But he will NOT do anything close to what he's doing in SL in the NBA this year. maybe 10 ppg and 7 rbg? Doesnt scream ROY to me.. Now neg me and explain to me why, without bringing the race card .
What the hell does race have to do with it.........
Burke, zeller, b-mac, oladipo, even olynik have a shot.
And somebody who was not mentioned here and i think that he can surprise us is MCW.
I'm going Victor Olidapo. Writers will fall in love with his energy and his big plays. I think he'll be near unanimous.
We should make this a yearly raffle lol
Muhammad for bum ass nigga of the year.
A near infinite combination of words in the English language and you choose a combination that makes you look like an ignorant fool.
I got my money on MCW, given the keys to the team and has a good all around game
I neg' ed you because you asked me to
I agree it's a wide open race and the main factor is the playing time.
-CJ McCollum is NBA ready and if healthy he'll certainly put up respectable numbers. But playing both guard positions off the bench doesn't mean he'll get more than 20-25 mins per game. Lillard will put up 20+ ppg so will LaMarcus Aldridge and it won't be much left for McCollum and scoring matters we all know that.
-Cody Zeller will start for Bobcats and he's one of few rookies with guaranteed 30+ minutes,but I don't think he's capable of more than 12-13 ppg and 6-7 rbpg , numbers enough for a top 5 rookie at most.
-Kelly Olynyk might produce similar to Zeller's stats playing fewer minutes and not having guaranteed starting spot.
-The Anthony Bennet story is complicated and has a lot of "if"s,so I can't really have certain opinion but he'll be probably overshadowed by Kyrie and Waiters as a Cavs contributor.
-Victor Oladipo has a good chance of snatching the ROY award but it depends on how his shot has improved,as I said before scoring matters,and one more think - if Orlando are super-weak bottom ranked team like they were last season I wouldn't vote for him no matter what numbers he brings on. Man, this game is about winning, not tanking after all!
-MCW - same as Oladipo.
-Ben McLemore - he's probably my favourite. I believe he can fill in Tyreke's shoes and once his shot starts falling, he can reach 17-18 ppg which could be enough.
-Alex Len - I'm not sure when he'll be back after the surgery but if earlier he can be a darkhorse contender for the prize. I really like his game and with the right mentoring he could easily become 20-10 player. I predict a slow start for his career, so he MIGHT reach those numbers in no less than 2 or 3 years playing starter for a non-playoff team.
-Trey Burke - I like his competitivness nad all the fighting spirit stuff, but obviusly he's not ready for a starting spot in any nba team. Wish him the best ,sure has the potential of being a real floor general but I see him benched at least for the first part of the season. As much as the Summer league does NOT matter I see tough times ahead of him.
- Nerlens Noel - injured,and probably not getting enough games to compete for any awards, can't wait to see him playing though. He'll probably struggle unless he puts on at least 20 pounds ASAP.
-Otto Porter - guys like him don't take awards, he is not able (at least for now) to shine in any aspect of the game, he also struggles in the SL which points that he'll need time to adjust to the league. I predict low numbers (6-7 ppg and 3-4 rpg if playing up to 20 mpg) until the All-star break,maybe for the whole season.
-Shabazz - same as McCollum. He's a great talent but plays on a loaded team and I doubt he'll get enough minutes on the floor and probably will not have the numbers to compete.
- KCP - if he starts for the Pistons and I beleive he will, KCP can be a main offensive threat from the perimeter and I can see him making the All-Rookie first team and probably tackle B-Mac and Oladipo for the ROY crown.
-Steven Adams - almost forgot him, with him I complete my thoughts on the lottery picks. He is verry young and raw and I don't know if Thunder is the right place for him to develop,I really like Adams as a prospect but don't see him making impact in his rookie season.
Other rookies I expect to put up good performances :Glen Rice Jr., Ray McCollum Jr., Tony Snell, Tony Mitchell, Reggie Bullock , Archie Goodwin, Jamaal Franklin.
Internationals - I don't know if Chicago intent to sign Nikola Mirotic this season but I'm really high on him and wait for him with great anticipation. Last year players like Alexey Shved, Pablo Prigioni and Chris Copeland emerged as verry good assets for their teams being signed as undrafted free agents, so maybe there'll be more like them in the upcoming season. I know Pistons signed Italian League MVP and national team star Luigi Datome who I've watched and kinda like. another Italian Leauge star is Bobby Brown who's playing in this years' SL and I xpect to find a spot if not in NY somewhere else. I firmly beleive that there're a bunch of Euroleague players who are able to contribute in the NBA right away, but some of them have large buy-out clauses and probably this is the reason they still play in Europe. Some of them are - Ante Tomic,Nenad Krstic(ex Nets,Thunder and Celtics),Milos Teodosic,Vitali Fridzon,Jonas Maciulis(verry tough,physical SF),Marcelinho Huertas,Nemanja Bjelica,Andres Nocioni(ex 76ers),Nikos Pappas,Kostas Papanikolaou(drafted 2012),Goirgos Printezis(also drafted),Nathan Jawai(great size and strenth), Roko-Leni Ukic, Maciej Lampe, tibor Pleiss, Bo McCaleb and others.
I'm going to go with Oladipo simply because his team is so trash and he will have the ball in his hands most of the time. Tough to agree with CJ Mccollum as he is going to be playing with Lillard and Aldridge (for now).
Trey Burke is in the best situation to win, as he is on a young team that needs a pg, so if he adjusts well to the speed of the NBA, I think he will win.
Otherwise, it will probably be Victor Oladipo or Cody Zeller. Oladipo has the best chance of any rookie to establish himself as a future star. He could get quite a few points to go along with playing a better all-around game than most rookies. His game and physique are more NBA ready than most rookies.
Cody Zeller may be the most talented offensive player in the draft and should easily be able to earn playing time. I would not be surprised if he was the highest scoring rookie, even though bigs usually don't score as much early in their careers.
I think McCollum will be a little too one-dimensional to win, even though the award is largely based on scoring numbers. Plus, Lillard already gives Portland a guard scorer who does much of what MCCollum does, but better.
I don't think McLemore is NBA-ready enough to win ROY. I predict a very up-and-down rookie season for McLemore, with big scoring nights and plenty of single digit scoring nights. He just isn't ready to consistently create offense.
You guys that are overlooking Anthony Bennett,will be on Bennett's Bandwagon this time next year...
Don't you think it's fair to assume he'll be the 4th option in Cleveland?
1. Kyrie - 17-19 shots
2. Bynum - 10-13 shots
3. Waiters - 10-13 shots
4. Bennett - 8-10 shots
He may be a nice young player, but most of the time a 4th option is good for 11-13 ppg and that kind of production is rarely good enough for a ROY award. I just don't see how the Cavs could be in a situation where Bennett is a big time scorer or more than the Cav's 3rd or 4th leading rebounder ( Thompson and Bynum will clean the glass throw in 22 mpg for Andy if he sticks around )
Just based off his role with the team, if he's pulling 30 minutes I'd peg him at 12 ppg 6 rpg, which is nice, but you gotta figure a guy like Zeller playing as a 3rd option behind Al and Kemba for a worse team putting up something like 15 ppg and 8 rpg.