Usually we can narrow down the Rookie of the Year field to a handful of players, the true standouts in an NBA draft class. No such luxury exists this year.
There are no Damian Lillard- or Anthony Davis-caliber prospects who are almost certain to take the league by storm. And before you say calling Lillard a sure thing is revisionist history, I'd encourage you to go back through my portfolio:
Lillard will never remind anyone of Rajon Rondo or Steve Nash, but he's more than capable of becoming the next scoring sensation at the position while still finding time to involve his teammates.
In a league filled with great point guards, Lillard won't garner much momentum at all in this year's All-Star discussions. That said, he will win Rookie of the Year and show exactly why he'll make the squad in the future.
Making a similar prediction is tough this year. For the record, I'm rolling with the Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo, but the race is wide open due to the lack of standout players.
Any of these 11 could win the award and follow in Lillard's footsteps. Of course, they'll have to put up great numbers in order to do so.