They are still counted as favorites among the rookie batch of 2014-15, despite having gone through an injury-marred NBA season. Both Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant couldn’t live up to expectations last season for Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunders, respectively.
Durant, the Thunder superstar, won votes bagging 21.2 percent. He edged past LA Lakers veteran Kobe Bryant, whose tally was 18.2 percent in an annual survey of ESPN ahead of LeBron James and MVP Stephen Curry.
The voting was conducted at Panini Rookie Photo Shoot at the New York Knicks practice facilities earlier this month. Thirty six rookies were surveyed.
The rookies were asked to evaluate and rank the draft fellows, in addition to being asked questions about their expectations while entering the league.
LeBron James finished third at 15.2 percent, while MVP Stephen Curry had to share the joint-fourth position with Dwyane Wade.
The rookies voted No 3 overall draft pick Jahlil Okafor to the No 1 spot when it came to this year’s class. The Philadelphia 76ers center was voted as the most likely “best rookie” of the coming NBA season and is evaluated to have the best career among the rookies.
Okafor earned 41.9 percent of the votes for rookies of the year forecasts. For the “best career” vote, he was challenged severely by the 1st draft pick of the NBA draft this season, Karl-Anthony Towns. Okafor edged past by a margin of 6.4 percent.