NBA Predictions: Who Will Be League Rookie of the Year?

By Kohl Rast
Oct 19, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) gestures as Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) defends during the fourth quarter at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) gestures as Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) defends during the fourth quarter at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 26, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during media day at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during media day at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

Joel Embiid

The rookie from the 2014 NBA Draft has turned a lot of heads already this season and will continue to do so. Here are the staff thoughts on the big man.

“I know, I know…but I’m taking Joel Embiid as my Rookie of the Year. Obviously, this is all based off him staying healthy, but his talent is truly something to be reckoned with. 

As a big guy, Embiid has it all and I think his health will allow that to be shown this season. At some point, Noel or Okafor will be traded and Embiid will be the man in the middle for Philadelphia. Give me Embiid as my award winner, with Buddy Hield a close second. I will add this, if Phoenix gives Marquese Chriss adequate playing time, he could be a dark horse.”

– Isaac Harris

“After many devastating injuries, Joel Embiid is finally healthy and ready to start the season. He has size, skill, and athleticism, which is a very rare combination to have for a post man. He is on the atrocious 76ers, which means he will have a huge role. I think Embiid will average 20 and 8 and be ROTY.”

– Sam Casey

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