This year, there is no doubt in my mind that a few have been battling it out for Rookie of the Year, including two overall No. 1 picks: Blake Griffin and John Wall.
Coming back from a stress fracture in his left knee from last season, Blake Griffin has become a powerful player for the Los Angeles Clippers. Averaging 21.7 points and 12.5 rebounds per game certainly puts Griffin in good standing for first rookie All-Star since Yao Ming in 2003. It seems as though Griffin’s only flaw is his average free throw shooting (58.1%). Other than that, Griffin displays dominance, athleticism, and an on-court presence that makes him a great nominee for Rookie of the Year.
On the other hand, we have Washington Wizards’ Point Guard John Wall. Wall undoubtedly has a chance at this award after being chosen as the No. 1 draft pick by the Washington Wizards. Although Wall has had some ups and downs with injuries this season, he continues to be a key aspect with his quick hands and feet, defensive skills, and key shots—averaging 15.4 points per game, 3.9 rebounds, and 8.6 assists. There’s no reason why Wall still doesn’t have a shot at winning the title, especially after tying a franchise record with 9 steals in his third game and recording his first career triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists (making him the third youngest player in NBA history to do so).
So will either of these players win Rookie of the Year, or will the award go to someone else?
My pick for now for Rookie of the Year goes to Wall. The season is still young though, and anything can happen from now until April. All we can do is watch and see.