Anthony Davisí top three contenders for the 2012 Rookie of the Year Honors

10/7/12 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The 2012-2013 season has barely begun, but many have the desire to briefly skip ahead to the stage when players get a little feedback from their performance this season.
 
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
The rookie shooting guard may have one collegiate season on his belt (as freshman with Florida Gator), but there’s a solid reason to why the Washington Wizards used their third-overall pick on Bradley Beal.
 
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
While the small forward definitely still needs to work on his jump shot, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is perhaps the most well-rounded player coming out of the 2012 Rookie Class.
 
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
Damian Lillard emerged as a stable scoring point guard option for Oakland last season, although his four assists average per game failures to cover the guard’s true impact on their game.
 
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.
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