With only a few games left in the NBA Regular Season, there is a lot of hype around the awards that will be given at the end of the season, including the most important one for the best rookie of the season.
Among the candidates, the name at the top of the list is Paolo Banchero, who seems to be headed towards the final victory. The Duke Blue Devils product is averaging 20.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. Thanks to his performance and achievements, Orlando has completely changed its course, reaching 34 wins with only 4 wins away from the NBA Playoff zone.
Jalen Williams, after his latest convincing performances, is climbing the ladder and temporarily reaching second place. He averages 14.1 points per game and has been crucial in coach Daigneault’s team in several victories, especially the one against Detroit, which was won thanks to his final shot.
In third place is Walker Kessler. The Auburn Tigers product, now a starter for the Utah Jazz, had to interrupt his season due to an unintentional elbow to the head by his teammate Horton-Tucker.
Behind Kessler is Jaden Ivey, occupying fourth place. Against Miami on Tuesday, the Detroit rookie scored his third game with at least 30 points and 5 assists. The only other player to achieve this was Luka Doncic with the Dallas Mavericks, who stopped at 6.
In fifth place, Benedict Mathurin has fallen. The Arizona Wildcats product is averaging 16.6 points per game, but has lowered his percentages in the 3-point shot.