The NBA conducted their annual rookie survey, releasing the results on Tuesday morning and several former Wildcats received votes in almost all of the polls. Rookies voted on other rookies and were not allowed to vote for themselves, college teammates, or NBA teammates (and the ones that did anyways had their votes thrown out).
New York Knicks forward and number nine overall pick Kevin Knox received the most praise from his fellow rookies, as 10 percent of them picked him to have the best career among all rookies in his draft class. Former Duke product Wendell Carter Jr. finished with the highest percentage of votes at 13 percent and the three-year man out of Boston College, Jerome Robinson, tied Knox by also receiving 10 percent of votes.
Not only do the rookies think highly of Knox having a fantastic longterm career, he also finished tied for third with Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic in voting to win Rookie of the Year with nine percent of the votes going his way. Knox also received at least one vote as the best rookie shooter in the class (Trae Young easily won that poll).
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo also received at least one vote to win Rookie of the Year, as well. Remember, these votes couldn’t have come from Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, or any other Kentucky rookie, so there is at least one believer in Diallo to have a huge rookie season.
Diallo also received at least one vote to be the biggest steal of the draft and finished tied for second in voting as the most athletic rookie in the draft with 15 percent of the votes. Zhaire Smith, an unexpected one-and-done player from Texas Tech drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers, finished with 24 percent of the votes. The love for Diallo doesn’t even stop there, as at least one player voted him as the best rookie defender.
*I assume the same player is continuously voting for Diallo in each poll, although I have no idea who it might be. Or maybe his peers just have that much faith in him. Who knows. But either way, it’s nice to see him gaining some recognition.*
SGA finished tied for third as the best rookie playmaker with nine percent of the votes and he also received at least one vote to have the best overall career.
Is it October yet?