Julius Randle may have been the seventh overall pick in June’s draft, though it appears that his fellow rookies are overlooking him to a certain extent.
According to NBA.com’s Annual Rookie Survery, only a small portion of this year’s newcomers feel that Randle will be named the 2015 Rookie of the Year. This is slightly surprising seeing as the Kentucky product is considered to be one of the more NBA-ready players in this draft class.
With a majority vote of 52.8 percent, Jabari Parker was voted most likely to win the award, followed by Doug McDermott (8.3 percent), Andrew Wiggins (8.3 percent), Shabazz Napier (5.6 percent), Nerlens Noel (5.6 percent) and Elfrid Payton (5.6 percent).
Additionally, Randle received no votes in the “Which rookie will have the best career?” category.
While Randle also received minority votes for “Which rookie is the best defender?” (K.J. McDaniels came first with 13.5 percent of the vote) and “Which rookie is the funniest?” (Joel Embiid took this one with a majority vote of 20 percent), the 19-year-old was mostly shunned by his peers.
After an impressive Summer League campaign, Lakers second-round pick Jordan Clarkson received a minority vote in the “Which rookie is being most overlooked?” category. Kyle Anderson led this category with a majority vote of 11.1 percent.