Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant are still rookie favorites, even after an injury plagued season for both in 2014-2015.
In the annual survey of rookies which is conducted by NBA.com, Durant was named as the favorite player with 21.2 percent of the votes while Bryant finished second with 18.2 percent. This result is surprising after Durant and Bryant didn’t stay fit most of the season for their clubs Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers.
By the votes of the rookie class, LeBron James finished third with 15.2 percent votes which gave us an overall top three pretty identical to the choices of last year’s rookie class. Stephen Curry, the current MVP and NBA champion finished behind these three with 9.1 percent of the vote. Dwyane Wade tied with Curry with exactly the same percent.
According to ESPN, the voting was held earlier in August at the Panini Rookie Photo Shoot at the New York Knicks’ practice facility. Rookies were asked about what they expect entering the league and they were required to rate their fellow 2015 draftees.
In that poll, No.3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 if we consider this year’s class. The center for Philadelphia 76ers got the most votes for the likely hood of being named rookie of the year and to have the best career.
Even though he was drafted behind Karl-Anthony Towns of the Timberwolves and D’Angelo Russell of the Lakers, Okafor won 41.9 percent of the rookie of the year predictions vote. In the vote for best overall career, Okafor received 24.1 percent and won by a margin of 6.9 percent from Towns, who received 17.2 percent.
In other surveys, Russell was voted as the best playmaker in the draft and in the vote for the funniest star, Brooklyn’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson received 44.3 percent votes.
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