Sport Top 10 NBA Rookie of the Year candidates: Ben Simmons or Lonzo Ball?

06:40  13 october  2017
06:40  13 october  2017 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

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1. Ben Simmons : Drafted No. 1 by Philadelphia (2016). Simmons , whose rookie season was shut down after he broke his foot during training camp last year , is healthy, and that alone should make him a Rookie of the Year favorite. Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Below are my top 10 candidates , as it stands today, to claim 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year . Those are some impressive numbers. Lonzo Ball averaged 32.5 minutes per game and Jayson Tatum got 32.0. 3. Ben Simmons , Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons is the curveball of this group.

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.© AP Photo/Winslow Townson Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

This wasn't the much ballyhooed NBA draft class of 2003, but this year's class isn't short on talent, either. Our preseason favorite to win Rookie of the Year wasn't even drafted in June, though Ben Simmons gets lumped in with this year's rookies due to injury. Needless to say, there's competition and intrigue all throughout the league when it comes to the player most likely to win Rookie of the Year.

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1. Ben Simmons: Drafted No. 1 by Philadelphia (2016)

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Below are my top 10 candidates , as it stands today, to claim 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year . Those are some impressive numbers. Lonzo Ball averaged 32.5 minutes per game and Jayson Tatum got 32.0. 3. Ben Simmons , Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons is the curveball of this group.

Top 12 Biggest NBA Draft Steals In The Last 10 Years . The race for this year ’s Rookie of the Year award will be hotly contested and these five guys below look set to be the favorites. Did Lonzo Ball miss the Laker’s game vs the Kings because he was scared of Fox?

Simmons, whose rookie season was shut down after he broke his foot during training camp last year, is healthy, and that alone should make him a Rookie of the Year favorite. The 6-10 forward will play different positions, including point guard, for a Sixers team that's poised to end the franchise’s five-year postseason drought. Simmons, not lacking confidence, says he’s heading into the season a much better player than he was last year, and it’s “not even close.”

2. Lonzo Ball: Drafted No.2 by Los Angeles Lakers

The hype surrounding Ball, for better or worse, has ensured that the spotlight will shine bright on the 6-6 point guard during his rookie campaign, as he heads into the season holding the keys to one of the NBA’s most storied franchises. But after a strong showing during Las Vegas Summer League, which earned him MVP, and some exciting moments during his limited preseason action, early signs indicate that Ball is well-suited for the task.

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Lonzo Ball and others may take the spotlight, but these three players have a chance to finish at the top of the 2017 draft class. Malcolm Brogdon’s 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year win was a shocker.

Simmons and Ball are the top overall picks from the last two NBA Drafts, although Simmons missed all of last season as he was recovering from foot surgery. Rookie of Year odds. Westgate. William Hill. Ben SIMMONS (PHI). 5/2. 4/1. Lonzo BALL (LAL).

3. Dennis Smith Jr.: Drafted No. 9 by Dallas

Smith, who could end up being the steal of the draft, will have the green light in Dallas, which in itself makes him a prime candidate for Rookie of the Year honors. But then you look at his talent — he’s a freak athlete and has elite playmaker potential — and Smith taking home the hardware becomes all the more likely. Don’t believe us? Take it from Smith’s peers, who voted him most likely to win the award in the annual Rookie Survey.

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