NBA.com just released thir annual rookie survey poll, which is great because there really isn't much happening these days worth writing. Training camps will open next month, but until then, snooze.
However, don't sleep on some of the incoming players. In fact, the rookies were asked which members of the 2016 class will rise above the rest and win Rookie of the Year. And the winner is...Minnesota point guard Kris Dunn.
Interesting pick and perhaps the proper one seeing as Dunn enters the NBA with ample playing experience, unlike many of his peers. The two-time Big East Player of the Year received 29 percent of the vote. Lakers forward Brandon Ingram received 25.8% with Philadelphia's Ben Simmons third at 19.4.
What's interesting here is that Simmons was the No. 1 overall pick, followed by Ingram. The Timberwolves took Dunn fifth.
Dunn is a gifted athlete and passer who is often compared to John Wall coming out of college. Wall finished second in Rookie of the Year voting to Blake Griffin.
I interviewed Dunn during the Las Vegas NBA Summer League about his game and the upcoming challenges.
"I know it's going to be a roller coaster ride throughout the season. I'm going to have some good games and some bad games," Dunn said. "You just have to improve. I understand I'm just a rookie. I still have a lot more to learn about the game." He added, "I think once you learn the game, things start to slow down."
By the way, even though the Wizards didn't make a selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, they'll have at least one eligible rookie thanks to the arrival of 2012 pick Tomas Satoransky.