35%: Top rookie? 2019 draft picks say it’ll be Zion Williamson-THU0822

5 THINGS YOU'LL FIND ON THIS POST
1 Results of 11th poll in last 13 years of 2019 draft class by nba.com
2 More than a third pick Zion Williamson as rookie of the year
3 For the 4th time in 10 years LeBron James is rookies' favorite player
4 Who is best shooter? Top playmaker? Toughest defender?
5 Rookies pick 5 biggest adjustments they face playing in the NBA

NBA rookie of the year? 2019 draft class picks Zion Williamson

10 other players received votes

42

Rookies polled at annual photo shoot by nba.com on 7 questions about their draft class

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Rookies with votes in any of the 7 questions asked by nba.com in its 11th rookie survey in last 13 years

1-for-11

In 11 previous rookie polls, only once did they get it right: In 2007 they picked Kevin Durant to win it

ROOKIE SURVEY HISTORY
NO-percentage of vote by rookies in poll
YR ROOKIE PICK NO WINNER
2019 Zion Williamson 35 TBD
2018 DeAndre Ayton
Collin Sexton
18 Luka Doncic
2017 Dennis Smith Jr. 26 Ben Simmons
2016 Kris Dunn 29 Malcolm Brogdon
2015 Jahlil Okafor 42 Karl-Anthony
Towns
2014 Jabari Parker 53 Andrew Wiggins
2013 CJ McCollum
Victor Oladipo
24 Michael Carter-
Williams
2012 Anthony Davis 47 Damian Lillard
2010 John Wall 39 Blake Griffin
2009 Blake Griffin 55 Tyreke Evans
2007 Kevin Durant 54 Durant

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In 10-year history of rookies being asked to name their favorite player, LeBron James has been the answer

  • 2019: LeBron James, 38% of rookie votes

  • 2018: James, 29%

  • 2017: James, 32%

  • 2016: Kevin Durant, 30%

  • 2015: Durant, 21%

  • 2014: Durant, 25%

  • 2013: Kobe Bryant, 15%

  • 2012: James, 31%

  • 2010: Bryant, 24%


2019 rookie draft class selects LeBron as their favorite player


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Percentage of rookie class

who said Miami’s Tyler Herro

will be best shooter of class

  • 33: Tyler Herro, Miami

  • 29: Kyle Guy, Sacramento

  • 13: Cameron Johnson, Phoenix

  • 8: Ty Jerome, Phoenix

  • 4: Jordan Poole, Golden St.

120, 60

Kyle Guy made 60 more 3-pointers for Virginia in 2018-19 season than Tyler Herro did at Kentucky


3-point pct. for players rookies picked as top shooter in class

Figures for 2018-19 college season

40

9 players got mentioned for best playmaker but Ja Morant of Memphis won 40% of votes

37

Matisse Thybulle of 76ers got highest pct. for best defender;

Hawks’ De’Andre Hunter 29%

87

Percentage who said Williamson is the most athletic of draft class; Memphis’ Brandon Clarke got 8%


Rookies weigh in on biggest adjustment to playing in NBA


Source: nba.com