This years rookie class has been one of the most surprising groups of rookies in a long while. Not saying this is just one of the greatest classes, but this class has definitely risen above the expectation that I would think many people had for them. Though the class has been surprised with how fast they have adapted to the NBA game if you would have asked anyone about a month ago, they most likely would’ve said that the rookie of the year award was pretty much wrapped up. Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks has been sensational in his rookie year. He is having a historic rookie year, averaging 20.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. Not only are his stats amazing, but he has also been putting veterans around the league on notice with the highlight plays he is making on a nightly basis. Doncic has to lead the not so good Dallas Mavericks to a record of 27-34, which isn’t great, but its better than what was expected for the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic has been playing out of his mind the entire season which had us thinking no one could come close to him in the rookie race, but there is one rookie that doesn’t really agree with that notion and he is showing us why. Trae Young. Trae Young has come out of nowhere averaging 22 points and 9 assists over the last month. Not to mention over his last ten games he has only had one two of those ten where he has scored under 20 points. This includes two 30 point games and a 49 point outburst against the Chicago Bulls in a four-overtime thriller. If the season ended today, I believe that Doncic would win the award just because of how he has been amazing since the beginning of the year. But if Trae Young can keep up what he is doing for the rest of the season, this years rookie race could come down to the last game of the season.
Writer: Kam Alexander