“While the MFFL inside me wants to hop on the Dennis Smith Jr. train, I don’t see making more of an impact on the court than Lonzo Ball. I know that Ben Simmons is eligible to win the award and that will be Ball’s biggest competition, but it comes down to the fact that Lonzo Ball has walked the walk every single time in his career so far. From being drafted to the Lakers to dominating the Summer League, I don’t see any reason why Lonzo won’t just keep climbing the ladder on his way to a very successful career.” –Blake Heckel
“Lonzo Ball is a young star in the making. Brilliantly prepared for the NBA, Ball’s unparalleled passing ability along with top-notch IQ separates him from the rest of the NBA rookie pool. Ball has an ugly shot, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t drop. Ball’s all around offensive ability combined with underrated defensive knowledge makes him an ideal candidate for Rookie of the Year.” –Evan Siegel
“This may be the first time I can remember in recent history where the first overall pick of the draft isn’t even in the conversation for rookie of the year in his debut season. Fultz is not yet looked at as a bust but he’s not far off either. The Lonzo love is real and the Dennis Smith Jr. train is rolling, but people quickly forget just how sought after Markelle Fultz was. This guy is a huge difference maker on the court and he will be turning heads as soon as people see him out there.” –Kohl Rast
Keep an eye out for all three of these rookies, as well as many more after one of the deepest drafts the NBA has seen in years. The award is nowhere near set yet, but we still try to give our best guess early on. Who is your pick for Rookie of the Year?