Ballot: Ja Morant is the Unanimous Rookie of the 12 months
Ja Morant earned all 70 first-place votes for Rookie of the 12 months in a current ballot of NBA media people.
Morant, 20, is averaging 17.6 factors and 6.9 assists for the Memphis Grizzlies.
New ESPN story: Zion Williamson burst onto the scene two months in the past and took the league by storm. However was it sufficient to win him to beat out Ja Morant and win Rookie of the 12 months? We carried out a straw ballot to search out out. https://t.co/ENwwWfLadh— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) March 24, 2020
Zion Williamson was restricted by accidents to simply 19 video games up to now—however performed spectacularly—and seems headed for a distant second-place end within the ROY race.
After buying and selling Mike Conley final summer season, the Grizzlies have been projected to complete final within the Western Convention. As an alternative, led by Morant, Memphis discovered itself with a three ½-game lead for the ultimate playoff spot over the Portland Path Blazers and Williamson’s New Orleans Pelicans when the season was suspended. If the NBA have been to play an abbreviated regular-season schedule upon resuming the season, Morant’s Grizzlies can be extra more likely to maintain onto that spot, solidifying his Rookie of the 12 months case much more.If Morant have been to win the award unanimously as he did on this straw ballot, he’d be part of Karl-Anthony Cities, Damian Lillard and Blake Griffin as the one gamers to take action over the previous 30 seasons.Williamson has performed solely 19 of the Pelicans’ 64 video games. No participant has received Rookie of the 12 months enjoying fewer than 50 video games (Patrick Ewing performed precisely 50 in profitable the award in 1985-86).
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