Blakely's Rookie of the Year Favorites
Draft position: First round, 9th overall
Summary: Viewed by many as the steal of the draft, Winslow provides Miami with an athletic wing who thrives at both ends of the floor. He won’t get the kind of minutes that some of his fellow rookies will receive because of Miami’s depth (Heat fans can thank Dwyane Wade for that). There’s usually one player among the top five rookies who contributes to a winning team and this season, Winslow looks to be that guy.
Draft position: First round, 7th overall
Summary: He’s one of the most athletic players in this year’s draft class and should rank among the top rookie scorers too. But that won’t be enough to sway the voters who will see Mudiay as a really good player on a bad team.
Draft position: First round, 1st overall
Summary: Towns has been a willing and eager listener to Kevin Garnett which is something not all players are open to doing upon meeting the future Hall of Famer. He’ll continue to progress all season, but may not have the numbers to show for it.
Draft position: First round, 8th overall.
Summary: Johnson has the potential to be one of the biggest steals in this draft. He has great size for a small forward which allows him to score in a multitude of ways. Considering the Pistons have a need for someone who can score from the wing position, Johnson will be a solid contributor as part of their regular rotation.
Draft position: First round, 3rd overall.
Summary: Okafor is going to have his ups and downs as part of that hot mess of a team known by most as the Philadelphia 76ers. But his size, soft hands and just overall ability to score in the post will likely result in him being the top scoring rookie this season. Couple that with all the losses Philly will suffer this season and just like that, Okafor should hit most of the criteria which plays a role in a player being named rookie of the year.