Early ROTY Candidates

 EARLY 2019-20 NBA ROTY CANDIDATES

article written by Dylan Devine (9/18/19)

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1. New Orleans Pelicans PF Zion Williamson

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The name speaks for itself. Zion was the most talked about player going into the draft and then as we all know was picked number one overall by the New Orleans Pelicans. In his college days at Duke he drew comparison to LeBron James and lots of people have predicted he will be the new face of the NBA.  If you would like to know more about Zion’s story, his high school and college stats, and how I think he will be in the NBA read my article attached here. https://thesportscoops.com/zion-williamson/

2. Memphis Grizzlies PG Ja Morant

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Ja Morant is going to be an absolute stud in the league. The floor vision and basketball IQ he has in amazing. In his last year at Murray State he averaged a double double with (24.5 PPG) , (5.7 RPG) and (10.0 APG). I see a lot of resemblance to Russell Westbrook’s game in Morant and think he’s gonna be a top ten PG in the next three years. Since Ja is a Point Guard and Williamson is a Forward Morant’s usage rate will be a lot higher which could affect voting. Morant will be setting up the offense and leading in transition while Zion will be relying on his teammates to get him the ball. He has a real chance at winning ROTY over Zion.

3. New York Knicks SF R.J Barrett

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I highly doubt it will happen because it normally doesn’t happen in a players first year in the league, but If RJ can develop a three point shot he definitely has a shot at taking home this award. Him lacking a good jump shot will likely hurt him statistically, but with his length, playmaking ability, and as an all around player Barrett is in my opinion the most ready for the league out of all of the rookies.

 

                               Honorable Mentions

Cleveland Cavaliers PG Darius Garland

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Denver Nuggets SF Michael Porter Jr

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