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2011 NBA Draft Results: Kemba Walker and 10 Players in Rookie of the Year Race

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2011 NBA Draft Results: Kemba Walker and 10 Players in Rookie of the Year Race
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The NBA Draft concluded a few days ago, and while there weren't any earth-shattering moves made, the picks did not go as many "experts" had planned (myself included).

Players such as Jordan Hamilton, Brandon Knight, and Kawhi Leonard slid further than anyone anticipated, while guys such as Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, Nolan Smith, and Cory Joseph were believed to be reaches.

Now that the players have been drafted to an actual team, it's now much easier to make predictions regarding next season's Rookie of the Year race. Assuming there is a season, of course.

This list encompasses what I feel are the favorites to win the prestigious award in reverse order. While I would've liked to put in some non-lottery picks as potential candidates, the fact is players chosen outside the lottery very rarely win the award.

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