As opening night approaches for the 2012-13 NBA season, focus tends to be on the big off-season trades, signings and season awards such as who will be the NBA champions and MVP.
One award that some fans tend to overlook is the Rookie of the Year (ROY) award.
Everyone is astounded by the ‘Brow’ and number one pick, Anthony Davis. However, there are a number of other rookies this year that are looking to take the crown from Davis, and here are my favourites to steal his limelight:
Damien Lillard (Portland Trailblazers)
The no. 6 pick in the draft, Lillard had an outstanding summer league and is looking as the most likely threat to the title.
With his athletic ability, Lillard has an amazing knack to gain possession and use the ball intelligently. The 6 ft 3 point guard out of Weber State is one of my top picks in challenging Davis, as he will be the one leading the Trailblazers from the front, controlling the offense throughout the season and pushing for a long playoff run.
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
Brad Beal is the real saviour to Washington. No matter what other offseason moves were (Ariza, Okafor), Beal is what’s going to make Wizards opponents frustrated.
As an inside-outside baller from Florida, Beal will compliment his new backcourt buddy John Wall with ease and they will form a powerful tandem in the near future. Beal will be right up there on the Rookie ladder.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats)
Although going pick no. 2, Gilchrist is definitely not the second favourite for the prestigious award. MKG is going to struggle on a rebuilding team coming off the worst NBA record ever.
MKG might struggle to be up there with the main contenders due to the situation, I believe he’s too good to leave off the list.
Thomas Robinson (Sacramento Kings)
Robinson is Sacramento’s Demarcus Cousins the second, just without the attitude.
This is just what the doctor ordered as Robinson now gives Cousins a new buddy and some competition for playing time at the 5 spot.
If Robinson proves himself early and is able to take over the starting position from Cousins, I believe the ROTY prize will be right in his hands.
With his pure skill, along with a great jump shot with deep range,?Beal will be Washington’s intelligence of the future, starting in season number one. His rebounding numbers from college will be a huge plus if he continues in the NBA, in addition to his scoring outbursts will surely put the rest of the league on notice.
Who do you think will be Rookie Of The Year?