On Friday morning ahead of the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago, Knicks rookie RJ Barrett was asked who deserves to be Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.
"A lot of people deserve [Rookie of the Year], a lot of people work hard for it," Barrett said. "I don't know. It's kind of hard not to vote for myself."
Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant is currently the favorite to win, while Barrett's college teammate Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn are in the running as well.
Bovada Sportsbook currently has Morant at -250 odds to win, with Williamson at +200, Nunn at +2200, and Barrett at +2800.
"I feel like a lot of guys are playing really good," Barrett said. "There's a lot of good rookies out there. Ja's been doing his thing all year. Kendrick [Nunn]. Zion's back now. Guys are playing really well. I'm never going to stop believing in myself.''
Team USA will face Team World on Friday night during the Rising Stars Challenge, with Barrett playing for Team World. While Morant, Williamson, and Nunn will all suit up for Team USA.
Barrett and Williamson will get the opportunity to face off against each other for the first time in the NBA, as Williamson was still recovering from injury when the Pelicans played the Knicks earlier this season.
"Hell yeah. Hell yeah. I feel like I know better than anybody how to guard him," Barrett told the New York Post when asked about guarding Williamson on Friday night.
The Duke teammates both have NBA All-Star nominations in their future, as Barrett keeps his expectations high.
"I feel I expect greatness from myself," Barrett said. "I work hard to be great every day. I expect great things. Once something like this [All-Star invite] happens, I get to take a step back and enjoy it."