Ever since its inception in the mid 1950s, winning the Rookie of the Year has been a gateway to superstardom. Guys like Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Pau Gasol, Amar'e Stoudemire and Chris Paul, each viewed as one of the best players at their position, have all won the award within the last decade.
This season, the rookie class has been widely perceived as lacking the elite talent that past classes have possessed. However, someone's going to win this award, which will be an excellent sign for that winner's future.
All of these winners have played key roles on their team from day one. All have started the majority of their team's games and been one of the main scorers on the team.
Even though the draft has yet to occur, it's never too early to offer a forecast into the likelihood each of the top prospects have at winning this award.
In parentheses will be the overall ranking of each player according to ESPN's Chad Ford.