NBA Rookies Surveyed: John Wall The ROY Favorite

2010 NBA Draft Class

The 2010-11 NBA Season is a little over a month away which gives the newest class of rookies some more time to mesh with their new teammates and learn more of what to expect come the regular season. However, the rookies have already weighed in on whom to look out for in their class this year.

During the 2010 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, which took place on August 17th, polled the rookies, asking them who will be the best of the bunch.

Here are some of the results from the survey:

Question 1: Who will be the 2010-11 Rookie of the Year?

1. John Wall.
2. Blake Griffin.
3. DeMarcus Cousins.
4. Wesley Johnson.

→ This one isn’t too surprising as Wall was selected with the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. It’s nice to see that his peers acknowledge his great play and ability.

Question 2: Which rookie will have the best career?

1.  John Wall.
2. DeMarcus Cousins; and Blake Griffin.
3. Derrick Favors.
4. Evan Turner.
5. Wesley Johnson; Greg Monroe; and Larry Sanders.

→ Again, not much of a surprise. However, we think DeMarcus Cousins may end up having the better career.

Question 3: Which rookie is being most overlooked?

1. Lance Stephenson.
2. Luke Babbitt.
3. Devin Ebanks.
4. Jeremy Lin.
5. Craig Brackins; and Paul George.
6. Jordan Crawford.

→ Stephenson’s fellow rookies believe he was overlooked after being selected 40th by the Indiana Pacers, but maybe teams knew of his off-the-court issues prior to draft night.

Question 4: Which rookie is the most athletic?

1. Terrico White.
2. Paul George.
3. John Wall.
4. Wesley Johnson.
5. Avery Bradley; Blake Griffin; and Elliot Williams.

→ If you saw the highlights from the 2010 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot then you can’t blame the rookies for selecting White as the most athletic of the group.

Question 5: Which rookie is the best shooter?

1. Luke Babbitt.
2. Jordan Crawford; and Gordon Hayward.
3. James Anderson; and Andy Rautins.
4. Lazar Hayward; and Xavier Henry.

→ Surprising that the rookies went with Babbitt and not the more popular Crawford here, but they certainly know the numbers. Babbitt shot 50% from the field last year whereas Crawford “only” shot 46.2%.

John Wall, the first pick by the Washington Wizards, has a lot to live up to as his peers voted him number one in three categories: rookie of the year, best career, and best playmaker.

To see more of the voting results check out “No. 1 pick Wall earns respect from other rookies in survey” by John Schuhmann of

Note: Players were not permitted to vote for themselves, their college teammates, or their current teammates.

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