Fellow Rookies Think Jayson Tatum, Lonzo Ball Will Have Best NBA Careers

Fellow Rookies Think Jayson Tatum, Lonzo Ball Will Have Best NBA Careers

Nearly 26 percent of the rookies surveyed think that Smith Jr. will win Rookie of the Year.

"Only once have the rookies correctly predicted the Rookie of the Year".

After a dominant performance during the NBA Summer League, it's clear Smith Jr.is turning heads and even his fellow rookies are impressed with what they've seen thus far.

As for which players will have the best career, Ball and Tatum are safe picks - skilled players with a high floor who performed well this summer - but it's curious that No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz received only 5.3 percent of the vote, the same percentage as 20th overall pick Harry Giles.

For the 10th straight season, National Basketball Association rookies took a survey to evaluate their peers ahead of their first professional season.

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Smith Jr. also took top honors as the most athletic rookie in his class by a landslide. Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz led in points (28 ppg) and steals (6 spg) for the players who participated. Oh, and he was picked as the second biggest steal as well.

As an aside: It's a little weird that so few rookies voted for Fultz (the No. 1 pick), both for "best career" and for "rookie of the year". However, Tatum did receive votes as the "best playmaker" in his class.

Lastly, Ball and Boston's Jayson Tatum were tied in the voting for the rookie most likely to have the best overall career. Smith Jr. and Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson tied for third, receiving 10.5 percent of the votes.

Magic Johnson and the Lakers fan base are certainly hoping that they picked right with the No. 2 draft pick this best summer, and if he continues to improve, it looks like they may have a future franchise star.


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