Morant wins Rookie of Year, Coby gets three third-place votes


In an expected and abundantly deserved move, Ja Morant officially took home 2020 Rookie of the Year honors Thursday night.

But we got some Bulls representation on the ballot.

Though Morant claimed 99 of 100 first-place votes for the award, Coby White snuck into the top five in total points by way of three third-place votes.

White’s rookie campaign was a bit uneven, but ended with a flourish. In ten post-All-Star break contests, White averaged 24.7 points and 4.3 assists on 46.8-40.7-89.5 shooting splits. He grabbed the starting point guard job in the team’s last game before the COVID-19 pandemic paused the season. His growth was one of few positive Bulls storylines in an otherwise rudderless 2019-20 campaign.

Meanwhile, Morant led the Memphis Grizzlies to a surprise play-in berth, averaging 31 minutes, 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per night. Zion Williamson stole one first-place vote for his unnatural production over a limited sample size, but finished third on the ballot. 

Chicago native, and Simeon grad, Kendrick Nunn came in second, and Brandon Clarke fourth.

It’s unclear when the league will release the voting results for All-Rookie teams, but expect White to make an appearance on one of those as well.

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