Fans experience new enthusiasm with each NBA season. Given that the season begins in less than three months, it is appropriate to make some early predictions.
After the 2022 drought, a few well-known players entered the league.
Despite the wealth of new talent entering the league, there can only be one Rookie of the Year winner. The three newcomers that are expected to win the race are listed below in no particular order. It will be a competitive race.
Bets are high on
Jabari Smith Jr. from Houston Rockets
Paolo Banchero from Orlando Magic
Keegan Murray from Sacramento King
More about the Players
Houston Rockets’ Jabari Smith Jr.
Jabari Smith Jr. was selected by the Houston Rockets in the third round of the draught.
He was an Auburn Tigers player. He had a significant effect during his one season with the Tigers and was voted SEC Freshman of the Year.
Averaging 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game, the power forward. Despite his relative inexperience, he has a great 3-point shooting game and could win ROTY.
Orlando Magic’s Paolo Banchero
The first selection in the draught was Paolo Banchero. The power forward was chosen by the 22-60 Orlando Magic with the expectation that he will help the team turn things around.
With Duke, Banchero only spent one season. Banchero led Duke to the Final Four under the direction of illustrious coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Duke’s success was not solely due to him, although he did play a significant role. The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Freshman of the Year, Banchero, averaged 17.2 ppg, 7.8 RPG, and 3.2 APG.
Keegan Murray, Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings selected power forward Keegan Murray in the fourth round.
Murray played for Iowa for two years and had a distinguished career there. He participated in 66 games with the Hawkeyes and scored 23.5 points on average. His 37 points versus Nebraska were a career-high.
On July 2, Murray participated in his first summer league game. With 26 points and 8 rebounds against the Golden State Warriors, he had a strong performance. The Summer League MVP award was given to him for his outstanding shooting. Murray averaged 23 points per game while making 50% of his shots and 40% of his long-range attempts.