Rookie of the Year:
Brad Rowland, FS features writer: Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks
Parker has the best opportunity to win the Rookie of the Year award given his place among the rotation in Milwaukee, and he has the polished offensive game to put up numbers. Admittedly, Parker may not be the best player in this class, but he should easily have the best statistics as a rookie, and that usually is enough to capture the honor.
Gerald Bourguet, HoopsHabit Assistant (To The Regional) Editor: Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks
Andrew Wiggins is going to be better than people think, but no rookie has a better chance of making an immediate impact over Jabari Parker. Parker is already being compared to Carmelo Anthony and Grant Hill, and he’s probably the most NBA-ready player, on offense at least. Defensively he’s got a long way to go, but what Rookie of the Year voter is going to care about defense if he’s putting up 15-20 points per game on a Bucks team that needs his offense?
Bryce Olin, FS/HH writer: Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks
Parker is the most talented rookie and the most ready to contribute on a nightly basis in the NBA. He’ll struggle his fair share, but the Milwaukee Bucks are going to rely on Parker to be their No. 1 option offensively. Parker will have every opportunity to win the award.
Phil Watson, HH Assistant Editor/FS writer: Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks
The No. 2 overall pick is going to be No. 1 in terms of opportunities. He will be the Bucks’ go-to guy because … well, who the hell else is there?
Maxwell Ogden, HH features writer: Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks
Rookie of the Year is a crowded discussion. Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers, Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks and Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves all have a realistic shot at the award. What this comes down to is NBA readiness, and that’s where Parker excels. Whether he’s facing up or going to the post, the former Duke Blue Devils star can pick apart a defense. He’ll display range beyond the arc and pull down rebounds to round out his stat sheet. Noel and Wiggins will be close, but it’s Parker who will take home the gold.