NBA Rookie of the Year Watch: Who Could Rise to the Top?
Yesterday, we took a look at the early favorites for the NBA MVP award. Today, we're going to take a look at the early favorites for Rookie of the Year. Now, at this point in the year, it's a lot harder to figure out who's the "frontrunner" for the ROY compared to the MVP. Wins and team success have a great influence on the MVP race while these factors don't play much of a role at all in the Rookie of the Year candidacy. (See Carter-Williams, Michael, 2013-14). And there hasn't been a big enough sample size to go off of to determine who has the best individual stats. Minutes have a lot to do with production, and minutes can really fluctuate throughout the year.
So, we'll have to wait to see who rises to the very top of this year's class. But for now, let's take a look at some candidates, in no particular order.