The Top 5 Candidates for 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year


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Anthony Edwards with Georgia in 2019.

Ethan K.

Honorable Mention: James Wiseman, C Warriors

Wiseman could still win the award, but after his season ending knee injury, it seems virtually impossible. Wiseman did not have the biggest role on the Warriors in 2020-21, but is still a solid player. It is unlikely that Wiseman wins it, but he is still one of the better rookies in the league. If Wiseman is healthy in 2021-22, he should have a great season.

  1. Saddiq Bey, SF Pistons

Bey is big and physical in the paint and just like the other rookies in this class, has great potential to be a star. Bey is most likely on the outside looking in on this award, but with continued production can become one of the top centers in the league. 

  1. Immanuel Quickley, PG Knicks

Quickley has quickly become a star in the NBA. He has great vision and is an excellent passer. Quickley has been a star and a crucial part of the Knicks team. With a loaded rookie class, many are sleeping on Quickley. Although he most likely will not win the rookie of the year, Quickley has lots of potential to be one of the biggest stars of the NBA in just a few years. 

  1. LaMelo Ball, PG Hornets

Yes, LaMelo could still win the R.O.Y. even after going down with a broken hand. Ball had a fantastic year living up to all of the hype and expectations put on him. He proved himself as a top young star that can make a huge impact in the NBA.

  1. Tyrese Haliburton, PG Kings

Haliburton has unexpectedly become one of the top stars in the draft. Haliburton can hit three-pointers with ease, has great dunking ability, and is great on defense as well. A well-rounded player, Haliburton should definitely be in the top conversation for R.O.Y.

  1. Anthony Edwards, SG Timberwolves

Edwards has been great for a struggling Minnesota Timberwolves team. He has made many highlight-worthy plays and is averaging 18 points per game this season ( Edwards has been effective when on the floor and has put up 20+ points very consistently throughout March and April. Edwards is my top pick for rookie of the year.