National Basketball Association rookies voted Jayson Tatum and Lonzo Ball as most likely succeed


Last season, former Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Kris Dunn received the majority of votes from fellow rookies. If you believe what his fellow rookies are saying, that is. Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers finished in second with 20 percent.

The 2017 National Basketball Association rookie draft class had an opportunity to vote for who they thought would win the Rookie of the Year award, and they chose Smith as the likeliest to take home the hardware.

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NBA rookies sat down with to answer seven questions regarding the 2017 draft class with such categories ranging from biggest draft steal to most athletic. Almost 44 percent of the rookies chose him for that title.

While Smith tied for third there with Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson at 10.5 percent, the rookies clearly felt Smith was in a better position to contribute immediately in Dallas but that Ball and Tatum had greater upside. Only the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell, who was drafted 13th overall, is seen as a bigger steal.

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And to no one's surprise, the rookies are impressed with Smith's hops.

Despite being the No. 1 overall pick, Fultz didn't receive a ton of love from his peers. He broke the summer league record for most triple-doubles (2) and earned the Most Valuable Player Award.

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Just recently, two different sportsbooks released their odds for who will win the NBA's Rookie of the Year honor in the coming season. In 2015-16 the rookies picked Jahlil Okafor to win the award, and he wound up finishing fifth in the voting. This isn't an exact science, after all. That's pretty good company to keep.