Handicapping 2014-15 Rookie of the Year Race After Summer League

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Handicapping 2014-15 Rookie of the Year Race After Summer League
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The 2014-15 race for NBA Rookie of the Year should be one of the most interesting we've had in a long time. The depth of this year's field is the best it has been recently, and with some debate about who should have been selected with the first pick overall, this could get interesting.

Very rarely does a prized rookie get to team up with the best player in the NBA, but that's the case with Andrew Wiggins joining LeBron James in Cleveland. Will he get the chances offensively in Cleveland, or would Wiggins be better off being a true offensive focal point for the Minnesota Timberwolves via a Kevin Love trade?

Point guards always seem to have a leg up on the competition because the ball is in their hands so much. Will Dante Exum take that role even with Trey Burke in place for the Utah Jazz? What about dark-horse candidate Elfrid Payton for the Orlando Magic?

Again, with so much talent across the board, let's narrow down the list to the top five candidates to win the Rookie of the Year award.

Remember, this isn't necessarily who will be the best player or who has the brightest future, but instead who has the best chance of putting up the kind of stats to win the award.

With that in mind, let's handicap the favorites as they stand after summer league.

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