Throughout the course of the 2013-14 season, HoopsHabit will be presenting NBA rookie rankings, letting you see who has the best shot at winning the Rookie of the Year Award at season’s end.
One of the most important factors in determining any type of NBA award is whether or not that player helped his team win games. There are a few exceptions now and again but overall if your team doesn’t win games the likelihood of you winning any sort of postseason award dramatically decreases.
Unfortunately this is the path the Rookie of the Year award is now on. Every player who is making significant contributions to their team also happens to be playing for a team that is fighting for positioning in the 2014 NBA Draft lottery. It’s disappointing and a little sad how poor some of these teams have played this year.
Of course it’s not the most spectacular rookie class the NBA has ever seen, but some sort of improvement for their teams would be nice. Maybe we can just abstain from giving out the Rookie of the Year award this season? Not likely to happen but if there were a year to do it this would be the year.