Every year, the NBA surveys each rookie class to vote on who they believe will win the superlatives for the upcoming season. In this year’s rookie survey, DeAndre Ayton and Collin Sexton tied in the Rookie Of The Year vote. Both players finished with 18% of the votes from their fellow rookie class. The runners-up were tied as well with 9% of the vote, those players being Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks and Kevin Knox of the New York Knicks.
It shouldn’t be that shocking to anyone that Sexton and Ayton won the vote. Barring any injury in the off season, both will begin the year as starters and play significant minutes.
This is only the second time there’s been a tie in the voting for the winner, but this is the first time the winner received less than 20% of the votes. This certainly signifies the rookies believe this is a deep NBA class. Or, at least, a class that is all close to each other in their respective talent levels.
It’s worth noting that the winner of the ROY vote in the rookie survey has only gone on to win once. That player was Kevin Durant back in 2007.
For the other superlatives, Wendell Carter Jr. won the vote for which rookie will have the best NBA career, with Jerome Robinson and Kevin Knox tying for second. Trae Young won the vote for best playmaker and best shooter by a wide margin.
With training camp starting in September, we don’t have too much longer before we will get another glimpse of all these rookies in action.