As is tradition in the NBA, the fresh new faces in the league took their rookie survey before the start of the 2019-2020 season.
And the results may not be what you expected.
Well, the first category of who will win the Rookie of the Year award wasn't too much of a surprise. Zion Williamson had the most votes at 35 percent with Ja Morant, the second overall pick to the Grizzlies, coming in at 27 percent. The Knicks' RJ Barrett came in at 5 percent, the same as his fellow Duke teammate Cam Reddish.
But those same rookies don't see Williamson having the best career. Instead, 19 percent of them believe Reddish will have the best career out of the many taken back in June. Reddish's game, which features a lethal jumpshot to go along with his 6-foot-8 frame, has experts also believing it could translate well to the NBA. Williamson and Barrett both come in at 5 percent in the category.
Barrett didn't top the charts in any category. Here's who finished first in the rest of them...
- Most Athletic: Zion Williamson (87 percent)
- Best Shooter: Tyler Herro (33 percent)
- Best Defender: Matisse Thybulle (37 percent)
- Best Playmaker: Ja Morant (40 percent)
Players also answered general questions about the league, including the biggest adjustment they believe they will to have to make with 40 percent of them saying the pace of play. As for the most important skill they need to work on, many said their jumpshot at 32 percent.
And finally, LeBron James came in as the rookies' favorite player in the league (38 percent). Kevin Durant was second at 20 percent, while Kawhi Leonard and Damian Lillard were both at eight percent.
But all of these votes are mere predictions. When these rookies break into the league for real, the results will speak for themselves. And Barrett could be at the top of one of those lists when it's all said and done.