Five NBA Rookie of the Year Favorites
This season is set to be one of the most competitive seasons in NBA history. There are a lot of top-tier teams with great player competing for the championship.
Even online bookies are reporting a record number of sports betting on the teams and players, which is further proof of how eager the fans are for the 2019/2020 season.
While LA Clippers and LA Lakers are the favorites for the 2020 NBA Championship, we decided to check out some young talents in the league that are destined to shine soon. These young players have been recently selected in the 2019 NBA Draft and their future with their clubs is looking promising. Let’s check out our top 5 players that are most likely to win the Rookie of the Year award.
Coby White is a 19-year-old promising young basketball player that currently plays for the Chicago Bulls. He became the top scorer in North Carolina high school basketball history, with over 3,500 points during his 4-year career. Coby was named North Carolina Mr. Basketball and was awarded the 2018 USA Today North Carolina Player of the Year. As mentioned earlier, the youngster was picked by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Draft in 2019.
Darius Garland spent 1 season with Vanderbilt where he was named the best recruit in program history. He is a 19-year-old point guard, born in Gary, Indiana. The future is looking strong for this young athlete, as he was picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2019 NBA Draft, even though he picked up a meniscus injury after five games in the college career.
Rowan Alexander Barret Jr., or simply known as RJ Barret is the son of the former basketball player Rowan Barret. He was a five-star recruit and the consensus top recruit in the 2018 class. RJ was named MVP at the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup with the Canadian U19 national team after leading them to a gold medal. He also debuted for the senior team during the qualification for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. At the 2019 NBA Draft, RJ was selected by the New York Knicks.
Picked as the OVC Tournament MVP and OVC Player of the Year in 2019, Temetrius “Ja” Morant played college basketball for the Murray State Racers. During the 2019 NBA Draft, he was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the second overall pick. It is interesting to mention that he became the first player in NCAA history to average at least 20 points and 10 assists in a single season. These facts are putting this 20-year-old kid as the second most-likely Rookie of the Year.
Zion Williamson is a very promising 19-year-old that plays the small forward and power forward positions for the New Orleans Pelicans. He has been showing nothing but quality recently and in his freshmen season with Duke (which turned out to be the only one) he was named ACC Player of the Year, ACC Athlete of the Year, and ACC Rookie of the Year. He got selected by the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2019 NBA Draft and he is set to make history. Zion is our top pick to win the Rookie of the Year award.