The NBA Rookie of the year, for first time players, to show that they can shine in the NBA. The 2017 Draft so saw some talented youngsters enter the NBA. It’s time to see the front runners for the award that they can win only in their first year. Here are the top 5 contenders for the Rookie of the year award.
NBA Rookie of the Year Front-runners
Lonzo Ball – Los Angeles Lakers
8.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 7.0 apg, 1.3 spg
Ball is the most hyped NBA rookie this year. After a successful year with UCLA, the number 2 pick of the 2017 Draft shined in the summer league. However, so far the point guard has had a fairly mixed start to professional basketball. While his pass first mentality is benefitting the attack, and the team have added more pressure on the defensive end, his biggest drawback is his shooting. He is currently shooting 31% from the field, 25% from 3-point and 50% from free throw line. Not reliable numbers.
He still is the youngest player to record multiple triple doubles. If he can improve his scoring more, the fortunes of his career and the team are bound to go up.