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Who will be the 2016-17 Kia Rookie of the Year?
2. Brandon Ingram, L.A. Lakers — 25.8%
3. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia — 19.4%
Others receiving votes: DeAndre Bembry, Atlanta; Joel Embiid, Philadelphia; Damian Jones, Golden State; Skal Labissiere, Sacramento; Taurean Prince, Atlanta; Malachi Richardson, Sacramento; Dario Saric, Philadelphia; Pascal Siakam, Toronto
Last year: Jahlil Okafor — 41.9%
Worth noting: This makes four straight years where the No. 1 pick was not selected by his fellow rookies to win the Kia Rookie of the Year award. Of course, the No. 1 pick has been the Kia Rookie of the Year each of the last two seasons.
Which rookie will have the best career?
2. Kris Dunn, Minnesota — 16.7%
3. Buddy Hield, New Orleans — 13.3%
T-4. Dragan Bender, Phoenix — 6.7%
Jaylen Brown, Boston — 6.7%
Jamal Murray, Denver — 6.7%
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia — 6.7%
Last year: Jahlil Okafor — 24.1%
Worth noting: Following Jabari Parker in 2014 and Jahlil Okafor in 2015, Ingram is the fourth straight Duke Blue Devil to receive the most votes on this question. There was a time when Dukies were thought to have consistently underwhelming NBA careers.
Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the Draft?
2. Tyler Ulis (34), Phoenix — 12.9%
T-3. Malcolm Brogdon (36), Milwaukee — 6.5%
Jaylen Brown (3), Boston — 6.5%
Kay Felder (54), Cleveland — 6.5%
Skal Labissiere (28), Sacramento — 6.5%
Thon Maker (10), Milwaukee — 6.5%
Isaiah Whitehead (42), Brooklyn — 6.5%
Others receiving votes: DeAndre Bembry (21), Atlanta; Marquese Chriss (8), Phoenix; Cheick Diallo (33), New Orleans; Kris Dunn (5), Minnesota; Brice Johnson (25), L.A. Clippers; Damian Jones (30), Golden State; Jake Layman(47), Portland; Timothe Luwawu (24), Philadelphia; Ben Simmons (1), Philadelphia; Stephen Zimmerman (41), Orlando
Last year: Joe Young — 12.1%
Worth noting: It wouldn’t be the first time the Spurs got a quality player outside the Lottery. In fact, Murray is the third Spur — following DeJuan Blair in 2009 and Kyle Anderson in 2014 — to receive the most votes here, though the question was phrased as “Which rookie is being most overlooked?” until last year.
Which rookie is the most athletic?
2. Brice Johnson, L.A. Clippers — 16.1%
3. Marquese Chriss, Phoenix — 9.7%
T-4. Malik Beasley, Denver — 6.5%
Kay Felder, Cleveland — 6.5%
Gary Payton II, Houston — 6.5%
Others receiving votes: Wade Baldwin, Memphis; Cheick Diallo, New Orleans; Jake Layman, Portland; Ben Simmons, Philadelphia; Tyler Ulis, Phoenix
Last year: Justin Anderson — 27.8%
Worth noting: Brown didn’t take part in speed and agility testing at the Draft Combine, where the highest max vertical leap belonged to Felder and the fastest lane agility time belonged to Utah’s Joel Bolomboy. Previous top vote-getters for this question include Al Thornton, Terrico White and Tony Mitchell. The No. 3 pick will probably have a longer NBA career than those guys did.
Which rookie is the best shooter?
2. Jamal Murray, Denver — 20.0%
Others receiving votes: Kris Dunn, Minnesota; Brandon Ingram, L.A. Lakers; Brice Johnson, L.A. Clippers; Timothe Luwawu, Philadelphia; Malachi Richardson, Sacramento
Last year: Devin Booker — 58.8%
Worth noting: These rooks respect the guys (Dunn and Hield) who played four years in college. Hield, who shot 46 percent from 3-point range as a senior at Oklahoma, received the most votes for any single question this year and the most votes for this question since Stephen Curry received 79 percent in 2009.
Which rookie is the best defender?
2. Gary Payton II, Houston — 20.6%
3. Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee — 17.6%
4. Tyler Ulis, Phoenix — 8.8%
T-5. Jaylen Brown, Boston — 5.9%
Kay Felder, Cleveland — 5.9%
Last year: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson — 23.5%
Worth noting: Dunn was the top vote-getter for five different questions. In the previous seven editions of the survey, the only other players to be the sole top vote-getter for more than two questions were Blake Griffin (3 in 2009) and John Wall (3 in 2010). The guy who finished second here has a legacy to live up to. His dad earned one of the best nicknames in NBA history — “The Glove” — for his defense.
Which rookie is the best playmaker?
2. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia — 26.5%
3. Tyler Ulis, Phoenix — 20.6%
4. Denzel Valentine, Chicago — 8.8%
5. Kay Felder, Cleveland — 5.9%
Others receiving votes: Thon Maker, Milwaukee; Dejounte Murray, San Antonio; Dario Saric, Philadelphia; Brandon Ingram, L.A. Lakers
Last year: D’Angelo Russell — 40.0%
Worth noting: In total, Dunn received 39 votes (on seven different questions), 11 more than any other rookie. Simmons and Ulis received votes for six of the first eight questions, tying for second for the “Mr. Versatility” award.
Which rookie is the funniest?
T-2. Diamond Stone, L.A. Clippers — 12.1%
Denzel Valentine, Chicago — 12.1%
T-4. Brice Johnson, L.A. Clippers — 6.1%
Taurean Prince, Atlanta — 6.1%
Ivica Zubac, L.A. Lakers — 6.1%
Others receiving votes: Malik Beasley, Denver; Jaylen Brown, Boston; Cheick Diallo, New Orleans; Henry Ellenson, Detroit; Kay Felder, Cleveland; Buddy Hield, New Orleans; Brandon Ingram, L.A. Lakers; Damian Jones, Golden State; Timothe Luwawu, Philadelphia; Thon Maker, Milwaukee; Chinanu Onuaku, Houston; Ben Simmons, Philadelphia; Tyler Ulis, Phoenix; Stephen Zimmerman, Orlando
Last year: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson — 44.3%
Worth noting: There are a lot of funny guys in this rookie class and that’s with no votes for Embiid, who was the top vote-getter in 2014. Nobody has dominated this question more than DeMarcus Cousins, who received 45 percent of the votes in 2010.
What will be the biggest adjustment for you, playing in the NBA?
2. Physicality (size and strength of opponents) — 21.2%
3. Lifestyle & time management — 18.2%
4. Length of season — 6.1%
Also receiving votes: 3-point distance, Defense, Playing time, Mental focus, Travel
Last year: Speed or pace of the game — 38.6%
Worth noting: A couple of guys answered “the down time” and “being on my own,” both filed under “Lifestyle and time management.” Make smart decisions, fellas.
Who is your favorite player in the league?
1. Kevin Durant, Golden State — 29.7%
T-2. Carmelo Anthony, New York — 9.4%
LeBron James, Cleveland — 9.4%
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City — 9.4%
T-5. LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio — 6.3%
Kobe Bryant (retired) — 6.3%
Paul George, Indiana — 6.3%
Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers — 6.3%
T-9. Kevin Garnett, Minnesota — 4.7%
Last year: Kevin Durant — 21.2%