With the 2013-2014 season winding down and the playoffs set to begin in just 5 days, it’s officially award season! Clem Sports uses Total Game Rating to give out our awards; whoever scores the highest wins the award.
Without further ado, let’s countdown from 10 and find out who is this year’s Rookie of the Year!
10.) Steven Adams (C) Oklahoma City Thunder
3.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.7 BPG, 50% FG
In addition to having one of the coolest middle names in the NBA, Steven Funaki Adams has provided solid minutes off the bench for the Thunder this season. Thunder fans have been clamoring for the 7 foot New Zealander to usurp Kendrick Perkins as the starting Center for their team; it may not be much longer before they get their wish.
9.) Ben McLemore (SG) Sacramento Kings
8.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 37% FG, 31% 3P
The 7th overall pick out of Kansas showed off his amazing hops by dunking over Shaq’s throne in this year’s slam dunk contest. He also made a splash for the Kings this year, logging 26.5 minutes per game and starting 55 games. McLemore has left plenty of room for improvement on his jumper, shooting only 37 percent overall and 31 percent from deep.
8.) Giannis Antetokounmpo (SF) Milwaukee Bucks
6.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 41% FG, 33% 3P
The Greek Freak has been one of the few bright spots on this year’s league worst Milwaukee squad. Antetokounmpo has established a name for himself thanks to his length and freakishly large hands. Giannis could use some work on his timing of blocks; a player with his length and athleticism should be averaging better than .8 blocks a game.
7.) Tim Hardaway (SG) New York Knicks
10.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 42% FG, 35% 3P
A late 1st round selection, Hardaway proved himself to be a valuable commodity coming off the bench in his rookie season. In addition to sparking the bench with 10 points a night, Tim Jr. provided excellent ball protection; finishing in the Top 5 in Turnover Percentage.
6.) Pero Antic (C) Atlanta Hawks
7.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.1 APG, 42% FG, 33% 3P
Pero Antic is an atypical NBA rookie; the 31 year old Macedonian is fresh off of back to back Euroleague championships and was also named the 2008 Bulgarian League MVP. The stretch Center’s winning ways have rubbed off on his Hawks, as they have clinched the 8th and final playoff seed in the East.
5.) Gorgui Dieng (C) Minnesota Timberwolves
4.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 0.8 BPG, 50% FG
Dieng has been turning heads since he was slotted into the Wolves starting lineup on March 16th. The big man’s rebounding numbers have been absolutely outstanding, hitting 20+ rebounds twice within 30 days of each other.
4.) Kelly Olynyk (C) Boston Celtics
8.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 45% FG, 34% 3P
Olynyk’s numbers aren’t necessarily eye-popping, but the Canadian big man has generally made the most of his minutes coming off of the bench. A good rebounder with a soft touch around the rim, Olynyk has even extended his range out to the 3 point line, shooting 34% on the year.
3.) Victor Oladipo (PG) Orlando Magic
14.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.6 SPG, 42% FG, 32% 3P
Victor Oladipo has certainly brought excitement to the Orlando Magic despite not having a great record. Oladipo was crucial in victories over Oklahoma City and Indiana that have many people thinking of this young Magic team as postseason contenders in the near future. Many critics have Oladipo as their Rookie of the Year due to his strong play at the end of the year.
2.) Trey Burke (PG) Utah Jazz
12.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 5.6 APG, 37% FG, 33% 3P
Trey Burke’s statistics on paper aren’t impressive for the #2 rookie in the 2014 draft class, but the potential is definitely there. Burke shoots a pedestrian 37% from the field and is a slight liability on defense. However, he is very good at taking care of the ball and finding the open man, which is all you can ask from a rookie point guard.
And finally, the 2014 Clem Sports Rookie of the Year…
1.) Michael Carter-Williams (PG) Philadelphia 76ers
16.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.9 SPG, 40% FG, 25% 3P
Michael Carter-Williams has seemingly been a lock for Rookie of the Year since his sizzling first week of the season. The pace he was on would have been extremely difficult for any player to sustain, let alone a rookie. The stigma from that hot start has followed MCW all the way to winning the ROY award. Carter-Williams proved to be a great all-around player averaging a 16/6/6 statline on 40% shooting from the field. Carter-Williams should look to improve his dismal three point shooting going into his Sophomore campaign, which should bring his 76ers an improvement in the W column over their dreadful (tanking) season in 2014. Despite his team’s shortcomings, MCW has proven himself to be the cream of the crop of 2013 rookies and his ROY award is well deserved.
Thanks for checking out the 2014 Rookie of the Year award race! Be on the lookout for the Clem Sports All-NBA Team’s and MVP award announcement!