Before the start of each season, NBA GMs take part in a survey in which they vote on superlatives that they believe have the highest chance of taking place come season’s end.
These accolades range from which team they believe has the greatest opportunity to take home the title, to who the most underrated player in the league is. However, one of everyone’s favorite categories each year is which player is most likely to win the Rookie of the Year honors. And understandably so, as these players are still yet to prove themselves against premier NBA talent.
In this year’s annual survey, most GMs were on the same page — Lonzo Ball was the clear frontrunner, receiving 62 percent of the vote. The Los Angeles Laker and former first round pick already won the Summer League MVP award, and now Ball has the full attention of the men who draft the talent.
Taking second in the voting was Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers with 24 percent, while Dennis Smith Jr. rounded out the top three with 7 percent of the votes. De’Aaron Fox of Sacramento and Jayson Tatum of Boston also received votes.