Ja Morant and Zion Williamson are two of the favorite rookie players to bag the Rookie of the Year award this season.
The league announced last week that the eight seeding games inside the bubble would not count for individual NBA awards. It means that what players have shown before the lockdown will be the basis for voting this year. It also means that players who needed the time earlier this season to rest will have a smaller playing sample size.
The new rule will not affect the front runners for the MVP, but it will affect the showcase for the Rookie of the Year award. Zion Williamson has only played 19 games this season, but he has shown what he can do. The question will be, will those games be enough to impress the voting population?
Ja Morant still not out of the woods
Ja Morant and Zion Williamson emerge as the favorites to win the award this year. Morant for his part, is proving that he belongs in the big leagues. He has successfully brought his team for a possible Playoffs berth. What makes it more impressive was that he leapfrogged Playoffs veteran Damian Lillard for the eighth spot.
Morant and the Grizzlies have to fend off any late surge from teams below them. If they successfully do this, Morant could easily run away with the trophy. However, their spot is still not guaranteed. They are still threatened by the emerging Pelicans and the Playoffs veterans Trailblazers.
Ja Morant is averaging 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.9 assists while shooting 49.6% from the field.
A late surge from Zion Williamson
The reality is Morant has a handicap in the ROTY award race. Zion Williamson has been a fan favorite ever since his college years. It carried on until he stepped into the NBA. 2K company even brandished Williamson as a game cover alongside Kobe Bryant.
Ja Morant and Zion Williamson have a big difference in games played between them. Ja Morant has started and played in 59 games while Zion has only played 19 games. In those limited number of games, Zion won ten games only. However, no one can deny his impact on those limited games that he’s played in.
Williamson is averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists while shooting at 64.5 percent from the field.
The race between Ja Morant and Zion Williamson will be a close one despite the game difference. Both players influence their teams to play hard. Even if the NBA will not include the eight seeding games for the awards, the voting population
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