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2014 PBT Awards: Rookie of the Year

Apr 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo

Though none of us have a ballot for the NBA’s official awards, we’ll be presenting our choices and making our cases this week for each major honor.

Kurt Helin

1. Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers

2. Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic

3. Trey Burke, Utah Jazz

This is pretty clear cut to me — MCW was the best of an underwhelming rookie class (as expected after a down draft). He leads all rookies in scoring (16.6 per game), assists (6.3), rebounding (6.1) and steals (1.9). Yes, things like his jump shot still need work — of course they do, he’s a rookie! All rookies need to develop their game, even ones that spend four years in college. Yes, the Sixers play at a fast pace that helped pad his numbers, he still had the best rookie season out of anyone in this class.

Brett Pollakoff

1. Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers

2. Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic

3. Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets

Michael Carter-Williams has been the most consistent, and has shown a surprising ability to be a triple-double threat when the opportunity is right. Oladipo is the somewhat obligatory second choice, and while there are certainly others who could be argued into third, Plumlee gets my vote for stepping into the Nets’ starting lineup in Kevin Garnett’s absence and admirably holding things down.

Dan Feldman

1. Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers

2. Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic

3. Trey Burke, Utah Jazz

The first two spots were easy to assign, especially No. 1. Carter-Williams rose above the rest of his rookie class on Day 1 and stayed there all season. Burke narrowly edges Plumlee, because I’ve been more impressed with Burke elevating Utah’s offense himself while Plumlee has gone along for the ride with a veteran Nets team.

  1. sensiblevoice - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    No Tim Hardaway Jr. for the 3rd spot?

    • casualcommenter - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Tim Hardaway Jr. (TH) was a pleasant surprise for the Knicks and shows promise.

      In terms of production

      MCW 17 pts, 6 rbs, 6 asts, 40% FG
      Oladipo 16 pts, 5 rbs, 5 asts, 42% FG
      Burke 12 pts, 3 rbs, 3 asts, 38% FG
      TH 10 pts, 1.5 rbs, 1 asts, 43% FG, 35% 3pt FG
      Mason Plumlee 7 pts, 4 rbs, 1 asts, 66% FG

      TH wouldn’t have been a terrible choice for the 3rd spot, but Burke did more with less talent around him IMO. Also, while TH outproduced Plumlee on offense, Plumlee was a much better defender.

  2. doncorleone17 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Tim Hardaway Jr is the best scorer of this draft, & he wasn’t even a lottery pick very disappointing to not see him on this list. That raising stars challenge game was amazing him and Waiters went at it.

  3. themagicfanguy - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Oladipo is a better player than MCW.

    • liamj55 - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      No. No he isn’t.

  4. aurelh23 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    1. Hardaway Jr.
    2. Oladipo
    3. MCW

    People love looking at the “stats” when they vote… Why don’t they look at the stats when it comes to the fact that Hardaway took 8 shots a game to score 10 points while MCW 15 shots to score his 16? Or the fact his Assist to turnover is only 2/1 as a PG?

    Oladipo scored 14 points on 12 shots meaning if you gave him same shots you get the same numbers as MCW. The APG and RPG are inflated cuz Philly has nobody else to do any of that.

    Hardaway Jr team almost made the playoffs so he was playing with some sort of pressure also.

  5. themagicfanguy - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Yes. Yes he is. He puts up similar stats in less minutes on a slower pace team while playing as a 3rd or 4th option on offense. So again, yes he is. Numbers don’t lie.

    • bougin89 - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Per 36 mins for each player:

      17.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 6.6 apg, 1.9 spg, .6 bpg, 3.7 tpg for MCW

      16.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.9 spg, .5 bpg, 3.7 tpg for Oladipo

      Oladipo is clearly the better three point shooter. Other than that the numbers say MCW is the better player.

  6. themagicfanguy - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Except those numbers don’t factor in the fact that Philly plays at a faster pace, and that MCW is the primary option while Oladipo isn’t. So again, ‘Dipo is the better player.

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      The magic actually have good players on their team which makes it easier for other’s to score. MCW literally only has 1 other player on the team i can name off hand.

    • bougin89 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      You’re losing this one too magicfanguy. MCW has had the better year. I like Oladipo and he could very well end up being the better player. This year MCW has been better.

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