Brooklyn Nets Roundtable Sessions: Awards Part 1, Rookies
1) Ben Simmons, PG, Philadelphia 76ers: He’s led the 76ers from the cellar of the league to a second-round playoff appearance, he’s the clear cut choice.
2) Donovan Mitchell, G, Utah Jazz: Mitchell has been almost as impressive as Simmons in a stronger conference, but Simmons has the edge defensively and has been at this current level for nearly the whole season.
3) Jayson Tatum, F, Boston Celtics: Tatum was a 3&D weapon for the Celtics for the entirety of the year, and with more opportunity at the end of the season he showed the potential to be more.
While I understand why Ben Simmons will win ROY, if I had a vote it would go to Donovan Mitchell. I’d prefer a repeat of 94-95 when Grant Hill and Jason Kidd were duo winners. Regardless of what is said Simmons got to be around his team for a full season witnessing what it takes to be a professional and excel. Third place is also a no brainer as Jayson Tatum played with the maturity of a seasoned vet taking on a larger role when Gordon Hayward got injured.
Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, and Jayson Tatum
Where does Jarrett Allen rank if not in your top 3?
Jarrett Allen is worthy of a spot on one of the All Rookie teams, but I wouldn’t have him in my top 3 for this rookie class. I would put him sixth behind the three above plus Jayson Tatum and Lauri Markkanen.
This has been a loaded rookie class so no offense should be taken when I say Jarrett Allen would probably be my 15th ranked rookie from the year. An even more impressive feat when considering he would be the youngest rookie out of that top 15.
Jarrett Allen ranks in the top 8 for me. He’s been one of the best rookie big men this year and is certainly outplaying his pick number, but this is a deep rookie class and Allen didn’t do enough to leapfrog players like Kyle Kuzma and De’Aaron Fox.
In an extremely deep class (see below) Allen made a big impression. In spite of that where he falls among Lauri Markkanen, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kyle Kuzma and OG Anunoby who also rank high for me is somewhere between sixth and eighth.