John Wall, Blake Griffin, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins. These names sound familiar?
They should. These are the names you've been hearing all summer. The lottery picks, the premier rookie of the year candidates, the future superstars. The group of players everyone assumes the rookie of the year will come from. And why?
Well, it's fairly obvious. It's because they are the best. The cream of the crop. The players with the most athleticism, most skill, most upside and potential. Only very rarely does the NBA Rookie of the Year get drafted anywhere outside the top 10.
However, it has happened before.
The NBA is very different from college hoops, and some rookies transition better than others. So here is an article to give some credit to 'the other guys', the players not drafted in the top five who have the skill and the potential to win the Rookie of the Year, just not the hype.