5. Marvin Bagley III
Marvin Bagley III was the second overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2018 NBA Draft. Bagley has helped off the bench this season, racking up three triple doubles, including 28 points and 14 rebounds against the Golden State Warriors. After a serious injury scare in a February game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Bagley sat out five games with a knee sprain. He returned in to play the Boston Celtics. scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. Bagley is averaging 14.7 points, 1 assist, and 7.3 rebounds a game.
4. Collin Sexton
The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Sexton had a slow start to the season, shooting mostly mid-range jumpers and rarely any 3 pt shots. Before the All-Star Break, Sexton was averaging 15.1 points per game. He came back from the break in full force. He has gotten confident with his 3 pt shot, taking almost 6 per game. He is now has a 3pt% of 41.3%. He has scored over 20 points plus in the last 4 of the Suns last 5 games. Sexton is averaging 16.3 points, 2.8 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game.
3. Deandre Ayton
A first overall pick, Deandre Ayton is Center/Power Forward for the Phoenix Suns. At 7-foot-1, Ayton has the highest rebound average of all Rookie of the year candidates. He isn’t very aggressive on offense but is still averaging a double-double per game at 16.4 points, 1.8 assists, and 10.2 rebounds per game. Ayton is quick and able to outrun bigs from the opposing teams and score along the way, but his rebounds have been the most valuable to his team.
2. Trae Young
At the start of the season, Trae’s shooting left much to be desired, scoring only 4 points in a November game. In a valiant effort for the ROTY title, Trae young came back from the All-Star Break with something to prove. He scored 49 points in a game against the Chicago Bulls in early March and has had 5 other games with 30 plus points. Although defense is not his strong point, the Atlanta Hawks have a top-8 offense with Young on the team. Young is averaging 18.9 points, 7.9 assists, and 3.6 rebounds but with 7 games left in the season and his exceptional scoring as of late, you can expect those numbers to rise.
1. Luka Doncic
It’s name we’ve all been hearing since the start of the season. Slovenian, Luka Doncic was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks and interestingly enough, traded for Trae Young to the Dallas Mavericks. Luka got to the NBA ready to play, scoring 26 points on his second game. He is an elite passer and leads the team in scoring. He is averaging 21 points, 5.9 assists, and 7.6 rebounds. These averages are not only impressive compared to his ROTY competitors, they are historically amazing. The only other two rookies to average 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game are Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan. He has had eight 30 plus games since the start of the season. Luka has also perfected his step-back 3, in the style of James Harden, making his clutch 3’s that much harder to defend. Luka is the clear choice for Rookie of the Year as the leader of the Rookie class in almost every statistical category. He has made a name for himself this year as a future star in the NBA.
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