Prior to each of the last few seasons, the general managers around the NBA have participated in an annual survey. It covers an array of topics concerning the upcoming campaign. In light of that, the league has an overwhelming favorite for the Rookie of the Year award.
Who will win the 2016-17 Rookie of the Year?
1. Kris Dunn, Minnesota – 46.7%
2. Buddy Hield, New Orleans – 13.3%
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia – 13.3%
4. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia – 10.0%
Brandon Ingram, L.A. Lakers – 10.0%
The former Providence guard was widely regarded as one of the most talented players in this year’s draft class. Dunn is a promising prospect that has shown the ability to be a factor both ends of the floor, in particular defensively, which is something he could prosper with under Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau. On top of that, there are already reports that the team plans on starting him after the first 20 games of the season.
Dunn could make his impact felt right away in an expanded role on a team that already features several other promising players such as Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Zach LaVine. The 22-year-old will have plenty of opportunities to make his case for the prestigious honor. If he were to earn the award, it would make the Timberwolves the first team in NBA history to accomplish that feat three years in a row.