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NBA’s rookies surveyed, project Jabari Parker to win Rookie of the Year

Aug 6, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

Andrew Wiggins was selected with the number one overall pick in this summer’s draft, due to a combination of incredible athletic ability and his equally strong upside potential.

But most believe that Jabari Parker, taken by the Bucks with the second pick, is the player most likely to be NBA-ready, and able to make an immediate impact in his very first professional season.

Those high on Parker extend to this year’s incoming rookie class, who were surveyed at the league’s rookie photo shoot this past weekend. And overwhelmingly, they believe that Parker has the tools to be the best of the bunch.

From John Schuhmann of NBA.com:

Who will be the 2014-15 Rookie of the Year?

1. Jabari Parker, Milwaukee — 52.8 percent

T-2: Doug McDermott, Chicago — 8.3 percent

Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland — 8.3 percent

T-4: Shabazz Napier, Miami — 5.6 percent

Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia — 5.6 percent

Elfrid Payton, Orlando — 5.6 percent

As noted in the piece, Nerlens Noel is technically eligible for Rookie of the Year honors, and is considered the favorite to take home the award after sitting out all of last season. But the majority of rookies surveyed obviously weren’t considering that when casting their votes.

Parker also won in a landslide when rookies were asked who in their class would end up having the best career; he took home 45.9 percent of the votes in response to that question.

One other point of interest in the survey was when the question of “who is your favorite player in the league” was asked. Kevin Durant finished with 25 percent of the votes, followed by Kobe Bryant (19.4 percent) and LeBron James (12.5). But one vote came in for Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, which was a bit of a head-scratcher.

I mean, it’s just so difficult to imagine who possibly could have cast it.

  1. phillysports1 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Got my money on Noel.

    • 4thquartermagic - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      “phillysports1″ may be a little biased. But as a non-Philly fan, I have to agree.

      Being exposed to the NBA game through practices and traveling with the team gives Noel a leg up.

      Add the fact that he’s freak athlete on a team that will give him plenty of time to learn and rack up stats in blowouts, and smart money is on him.

  2. misremembered72 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Surprised Randle isn’t in that list

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      There’s like 20 other veteran PFs on the squad. Sadly, Randle will be lucky if he averages 18 min. a game for the season.

  3. 2016olympics - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Dougie McB (the B is for buckets)

  4. rajbais - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    It’s all because they haven’t played a pro game yet.

  5. sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Shabazz must have voted for himself and then taken another dude’s ballot too in order to get his percentage.

  6. brento1499 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    napier is awful, randle should be high on the list, mcdermott should be lower

    • chicitybulls - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Why should McDermott be lower?

  7. mungman69 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    I don’t know but I like Noel. He will be the First Noel to win rookie of the year.

  8. djshnooks - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Don’t sleep on Marcus Smart.

    Dude has something to prove. With that said, Noel should run away with it.

    • lphboston - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Agree on Smart, but only if Rondo is traded.

  9. themagicfanguy - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Noel has to be the favorite, followed by Parker/Payton, McBuckets, and Wiggins.

  10. phillysports1 - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Don’t sleep on EXUM.

  11. phillysports1 - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Can anyone guess who was the last white guy to win the NBA ROY ? Please don’t use the Internet. And no he can’t be mix !

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Jason Williams?
      Pau Gasol?

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      I SWEAR I KNOW THE ANSWER, NO INTERNET! !!!!

      MIKE MILLER!

  12. jrob23 - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    no matter who wins it, there will be several rookies who make big impacts this year, more so than any other year I can recall. Noel will be better than people think. Parker will be worse. Smart, if he’s starting might just win ROY as he can fill up the stat sheet on both ends. If Wiggins gets traded to MIN (lol if?) and decides it’s his team, he could also easily win the ROY. I think the players that voted have a little jealousy issue with Wiggins over the amount of pub he gets.

  13. chitownbullet - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    It’s all speculation, that and a penny one even by a gumball anymore.

  14. 00maltliquor - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Ernesto Ramirez, 2015 NBA R.O.Y.

  15. hauts81 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Noel shouldn’t be eligible for ROY. He’s not a rookie anymore.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      I guess the ZERO min’s played in ANY NBA games EVER isn’t a clue for you…

      Heck, MLB rookie of the years can have played the season before and quite a bit too and still be rookie of the year the following season.

      this has been the rule for a while now in the NBA…

      why are you complaining about it now?

      Philly is going for the threepeat.

      MCW rookie of year last yr

      Noel this year

      Embiid next year

    • sixerstrong - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      Were you saying that a few years ago when Blake Griffin won it after sitting out his first year with an injury?

  16. phillysports1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Mike Miller is correct

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