The NBA Rookie Survey was published Wednesday with results that should flatter new Wizard Kelly Oubre, Jr.
For a little background, the annual survey asks rookies questions like 'Who will have the best career?' and 'Who was the biggest steal of the draft?'. Players aren't allowed to vote for themselves or teammates from college or the NBA.
This year, 36 members of the 2015-16 NBA class answered eight questions about their fellow rookies, plus two more general ones about the league.
- Who will be the 2015-16 Rookie of the Year?
- Which rookie will have the best career?
- Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the draft?
- Which rookie is the most athletic?
- Which rookie is the best shooter?
- Which rookie is the best defender?
- Which rookie is the best playmaker?
- Which rookie is the funniest?
- What will be the biggest adjustment for you playing in the NBA?
- Who is your favorite player in the league?
Oubre's name showed up all over the survey. Though he didn't win any single category, the Washington forward got votes for six of eight rookie superlatives: Best Career, Most Athletic, Best Shooter, Best Defender, Best Playmaker and Funniest. That's a pretty long list of strengths.
At least in the minds of his peers, Oubre is one of the most well-rounded players in his class. Only the Pistons' Stanley Johnson got votes in more categories (seven).
Other notable results from the survey:
• Rookies are higher on Jahlil Okafor (drafted No. 3 by Philadelphia) than Karl-Anthony Towns (drafted No. 1 by Minnesota). Okafor finished first for Rookie of the Year (41.9% of the vote) and Best Career (21.4%), while Towns finished third (12.9%) and second (17.2%) in those categories, respectively.
• As for the biggest adjustment from college to the NBA, "speed or pace of the game" led the pack with 38.6% of the vote.
• This year's rookies have the same taste in NBA players as their predecessors. Kevin Durant (21.2%), Kobe Bryant (18.2%) and LeBron James (15.2%) finished first, second and third in favorite player voting -- the same order as last year.
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