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NBA rookies make interesting prediction for next season's Rookie of the Year winner

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-08-22 19:50:10

Next season's Rookie of the Year award could be as wide open as it's ever been with a talented draft class entering the NBA. 

They'll have a hard task living up to the standards set by last year's rookies as Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum took the league by storm. 

All three players are destined to be future All-Stars and showed a fearless approach in their debut campaigns by putting up numbers in both the regular season and playoffs. 

Confident mindset

There's no shortage of confidence among this year's class too as they believe they're just as deep and capable of doing special things in the league also. 

According to John Schumann, in the annual Rookie Survey conducted by NBA.com, 20 different players were chosen as the answer for one - or both - of the first two questions: "Who will be the Rookie of the Year" and "Which rookie will have the best career."

With the youngsters unable to vote for themselves or teammates, it's always intriguing to see who they tip to be the best first-year player. 

But there were two players who couldn't be separated as the survey predicted that Deandre Ayton and Collin Sexton will win Co-Rookie of the Year. 

The duo each received 18 percent of the votes from their peers. 

Ayton's selection doesn't come as a huge surprise as he was taken with the number one overall pick by the Phoenix Suns.

But seeing Sexton's name ahead of players that were taken before him in the draft is slightly unexpected.

The young point guard was drafted at number eight by the Cleveland Cavaliers and he received more votes than the likes of Marvin Bagley III, Luka Doncic and Jaren Jackson Jr., who were all taken in the top five. 

This shows just how much respect he has among his fellow draftees and after seeing his performances in the Summer League, it's certainly not a wild prediction. 

However, if past surveys are anything to go by, this should be taken with a pinch of salt as the rookies have been wrong with their predictions in the last eight years running. 

Despite the love for Ayton and Sexton in this particular category, neither of them came out on top for which rookie will have the best career. 

Chicago Bulls' number seven pick Wendell Carter Jr. was the leading vote-getter with 13 percent.

It's the fifth straight year that a Duke player has earned the most votes on this question, joining Jabari Parker (2014), Jahlil Okafor (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016) and Jayson Tatum (2017).

The survey doesn't have any huge significance but it's always fascinating to see how the new class of NBA rooks rank each other. 

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