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:   usatoday.com

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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. 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

It may be their first year in the league, but there are a handful of rookies who can make an impact this season.        

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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3. Ben Simmons , Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons is the curveball of this group. He didn’t play in Summer League this year , and we still don’t really know what kind of 2. Lonzo Ball , Los Angeles Lakers. Ball , the No. 2 pick in the draft, is the favorite to take the rookie crown, and he showed why in Vegas.

Below are my top 10 candidates , as it stands today, to claim 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year . Ben Simmons , De'Aaron Fox, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, John Collins, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball , Malik Monk, Markelle Fultz.

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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* * * Name your top three, ridiculously early Kia Rookie of the Year candidates . 1. Ben Simmons 2. Lonzo Ball 3. Dennis Smith Jr. But this could be such a great season for rookies that we could go five names and still be leaving out legit candidates .

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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