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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Oct 8, 2016; Uncasville, CT, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (7) goes up for a dunk in the 2nd quarter during a pre-season game at Mohegan Sun Arena. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2016; Uncasville, CT, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (7) goes up for a dunk in the 2nd quarter during a pre-season game at Mohegan Sun Arena. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports /

Everyone Else

The rest of the staff had different picks but with a competition like this, anyone could take over on any given day. Here are our other picks.

Jaylen Brown

“I don’t trust Embiid to stay healthy all year, and if he doesn’t, someone has to win it. Jaylen Brown has gotten great playing time in the first 2 games and although he made a couple of rookie mistakes at the end of the game tonight he should have gained more trust from Brad Stevens.

He’s explosive, plays great defense, and his shot has improved a lot since I last saw him play in the NCAA tournament 8 months ago. I’m really high on this kid, and Brad Stevens is the perfect coach to get him rolling early in his career. They picked him 3rd overall and I think there’s a reason for it. He’s gonna be a force and that SF that they desperately need to round out the rest of their roster.”

– Austin Denius

Brandon Ingram

“For being the 2nd overall pick in the draft and someone who was talked about on the same level as Ben Simmons in a lot of cases, Brandon Ingram has not received much love. In the past, the award has often gone to one of the best players that has taken advantage in a slacking franchise and I expect that to be the case with Ingram in LA. This could be his team very soon, he just needs to show it this year.”

– Kohl Rast

Sep 26, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons (25) during media day at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons (25) during media day at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

Ben Simmons

“Ben Simmons. He’s injured now but as long as he plays more than 60 games I don’t see anybody surpassing his impact.”

– Marvin J. Hanke

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Obviously there are a lot of other potential names out there that could come in and take over the Rookie of the Year award, but for now, these should be the front runners of the contest. Only time will tell who the best youngster in the league will be.

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