The NBA season is nearing closer and the excitement will only continue to build up over the next several weeks. Among the topics to be excited about is the new batch of incoming rookies, who together make one of the strongest draft classes we've seen for the past several years.
In anticipation of these rookies, it is time to start ranking them and making some predictions. Though draft position is close to useless when evaluating these new players, the NBA summer league in Orlando and Las Vegas last month was a good indicator of which players could potentially step onto the stage and instantly have an impact on their teams. Though it was only a few games, the summer league gave a good idea of which rookies will surprise, which will bust and which will live up to expectations.
Considering the season has not even started, a lot could change by the time the Rookie of the Year award is given out. But having caught a first glimpse at this year's draft class, here are the current top 10 front runners for the award.