8 Dark Horse Candidates for 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year

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8 Dark Horse Candidates for 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year
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Every award race needs a dark horse candidate for fans to keep an eye and make things interesting for the favorites. Thanks to the depth of this year's rookie class, there's a number of unheralded prospects who can make a run at the Rookie of the Year award.

No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis is the odds-on favorite to be this year's top rookie. With his outstanding shot-blocking ability and athleticism, Davis has been the most talked about rookie in years. Davis' college teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has the second-best odds to win the Rookie of the Year.  Kidd-Gilchrist went No. 2 overall to Charlotte.

Rounding out the top five favorites are Washington's Bradley Beal, Golden State's Harrison Barnes and Sacramento's Thomas Robinson. A legitimate case can be made for any of these top prospects to win the award.

However, with so much focus on the guys at the top of the draft, it's time some of the lesser-known prospects get some love. This draft had a weird knack for letting prospects fall to the teams that were the most desperate for their talents.

The Hornets needed a new franchise face to replace Chris Paul. They won the lottery and nabbed Anthony Davis. The Blazers have been searching for a point guard and a center for years. Lucky for Portland, Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard fell right into their lap.

It is those fortunate situations that give the eight men that made this list a puncher's chance of stealing this award from the heavy favorites. This is Davis' award to lose and these eight dark horses are going to see to it that The Unibrow does just that.

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