Marcus Smart recently made the bold prediction that he will take home the 2014-2015 KIA NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Sadly, his peers didn’t agree last weekend when they answered questions for the 2014-2015 NBA.com Rookie Survey at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot in Tarrytown, NY.
That doesn’t bother me, Hardwood Houdini readers, based on how well Marcus Smart fared in other areas.
Sure, Jabari Parker was selected as the rookie most likely to win the Rookie of the Year, as well as the rook most likely to have the best career – good for him! I’m sure being recognized by his peers means a lot to him.
However, when it came time to assess an actual, discernible skill such as playing defense, Marcus Smart tied for first, along with Philadelphia’s K.J. McDaniels. Smart also came in third when it came to deciding who the best playmaker in this group was, behind Tyler Ennis and Kyle Anderson.
So, while Parker walked away first in the “Pull predictions out of our butts” category, Smart fared much better in questions that were based on how he currently plays the game. Is it just me, are or those questions more telling?
In case you were curious, Marcus Smart also came in second when rookies were asked which newbie had the best sense of humor. This video might explain why Smart did so well in that category, too!