This is the first time this season that a familiar name has been left out of the Player of the Year Rankings.
Marcus Smart, the preseason favorite to win the award, did not make the list.
Team success factors in, and not only has Smart had his individual struggles, the Cowboys have now also lost three straight and four of their last five.
Individually, Smart has struggled from the perimeter—he's shooting 28.2 percent from deep—which is one of the areas of his game he wanted to improve this year.
Those outside shooting woes should be the least of Smart's concerns. He's hurting his reputation as a winner with OSU's struggles and his act—mainly, the ridiculous flopping that he needs to retire pronto.
It's pretty much a foregone conclusion regarding who will win Player of the Year, and Smart currently has dibs on the biggest flop.
10 to Watch
- Julius Randle, Kentucky
- Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
- Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico
- Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
- Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh
- Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
- Gary Harris, Michigan State
- Casey Prather, Florida
- Joel Embiid, Kansas
- Jahii Carson, Arizona State