And with a deep draft this summer, the 2012 Rookie Class is brimming with talent, which leads to a tough competition between the lot for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award this season, even though various pundit and analyst have already anointed New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis for the honor.
While the overall top draft pick, Anthony Davis marked by remarkable athleticism shows promise for the honor, there are three other top prospects who could steal the Rookie of the Year Award from under his nose.
- Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
While Bradley Beal is a sharp shooter from the 3-pointer line, bearing some likeliness to Miami Heat’s Ray Allen, the Washington Wizards demand a more versatile role from him, compared to the 18-year-old’s less prominent athletic abilities.
Bradley Beal could become a great rotation player for the Washington Wizards, with the solid makings of a more than capable defender after averaging 1.4 steals per game in his lone college season.
And along with former Florida Gators buddy John Wall, Trevor Ariza’s impact on the Washington Wizards’ offense and inside paint play by Nene, Brandley Beal will often find the ball at ideal positions during the game.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has the potency to lead the league in perimeter defense in time, and although he is till struggling on that jump shot, the small forward has finishes well around the basket.
Nevertheless, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s future is fogged by the Charlotte Bobcats’ probable failure this season after posting the lowest win percentage in the NBA during the 2011 season. The Charlotte Bobcats are considered to be to be picking for next season’s lottery too, and any failure at collecting votes could ultimately land against Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
- Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
But thhe22-year-old Damian Lillard’s 5.3 dimes per game through Summer League play has served as retribution to silence naysayers.
However, with Wesley Matthews and Nicholas Batum on both wings and LaMarcus Aldridge down on the other end, rookie point guard Damian Lillard will be often relieved from becoming the Portland Trail Blazers’ leading scoring option. Consequently, Damian Lillard will have more flexibility toward handling the ball and setting up the offensive plays, which could also involve scoring opportunities for himself.