Friday, February 14, 2014

NBA Rookie of the Year Race

All-Star Break Update

The NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us and the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge is tonight at 9pm EST.  Playing for Team Webber will be all 3 of our ROY candidates as well as hometown hero Anthony Davis. 
Michael Carter-Williams still leads in points, rebounds, assists, steal and blocks, but his Philadelphia 76ers have lost 8 in a row including back to back 40 point blowouts. 
They lost their last game of the 1st half to Trey Burke's Utah Jazz, winners of 3 in a row.  Since Trey's return, the Jazz are a respectable 18-22.
After snapping a 10 game losing streak to start 2014, Victor Oladipo and the Orlando Magic are 6-8 since January 19th.
I am leaning towards Burke for Rookie of the Year as he is helping his team win games, but I still think MCW will get it because of his ability to fill a stat sheet.  Who's is your ROY?

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The NBA Rookie of the Year award winners tend to turn into NBA All-Stars.  The last 3 winners have been Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Blake GriffinDerrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire and Pau Gasol are also ROY winners since 2000.  There have been a handful of guys who never put it all together, like Tyreke Evans and Emeka Okafor (debatable) while Mike Miller and Brandon Roy's careers have been derailed by injuries.  This season there are 3 horses in the race and they are all guards. 

MCW vs Oladipo ROY We Talk Fantasy Sports

Michael Carter-Williams, of the Philadelphia 76ers, is currently the lead dog and right behind him is Victor Oladipo, the Orlando Magic's #2 overall selection in the NBA Draft and the Trey Burke, who got a late start to his season for the Utah Jazz 

MCW also battled an injury this season and has played in just 24 games compared to Burke's 25 and Oladipo's 34.  Carter-Williams recorded a triple-double in a 2OT victory over Oladipo's Magic.  Carter-Williams is playing 35 minutes per game while scoring 18 points, dishing out 7.1 assists and grabbing 5.7 boards.  His FG%  (41%) tops the group, but his 70% from the charity stripe and 29% from beyond the arc is at the bottom.  He is even adding 3 steals per game, which is 2nd in the NBA behind Ricky Rubio!  The Sixers offense operates at a league high PACE, so MCW does have a slight statistical advantage.  Orlando ranks 15th while the Jazz rank 27th in PACE. Philadelphia is currently 12-23, and in 13th place in the East. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

Victor Oladipo has had a very nice start to his own NBA career. The highlight has been a triple-double during a 2OT loss to MCW's own 76ers. Victor has started just 16 games for Orlando but is still 3rd on the team in minutes, see 30 per game. He is scoring 13 points per night while adding 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He should see increased numbers across the board, once the Magic find a deal for Jameer Nelson and/or Arron Afflalo.  Orlando is currently 10-24, 14th in the East, and just 3-7 over their last 10 games.

The Utah Jazz traded for Trey Burke, after the Minnesota Timberwolves took him with the 9th pick in the draft.  Burke did not get into a game until November 20th and in those 25 games the Jazz are 11-14.  Utah was 1-11 without him.  Could a winning record win him a rookie of the year award without the stats?  Burke is putting up very similar numbers to Oladipo with 13.2 points, 5.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds per contest.  Utah is currently in last place in the West a 12-25 record.  They are 6-4 in their 10 games.
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