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NBA rookies make their Rookie of the Year picks

The Rookie of the Year race should be hotly contested. There are a number of promising young players who can take home the award. Chris Forsberg of ESPN asked a group of rookies to make their picks are for the award.

Marvin Bagley III wanted to pick himself but instead took current teammate Harry Giles. Bagley cited his work ethic as his reasoning.

Kevin Knox of the Knicks picked former college teammate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The Clippers rookie is coming in with less fanfare than some of the higher picks in the draft, but Knox thinks his ability to run the pick-and-roll will help him take home the award.

Grayson Allen hedged his bets by picking two former Duke Blue Devils who currently play for the Sacramento Kings. Giles is coming off a lost year due to knee problems and Marvin Bagley III was the second overall pick in the draft.

Wendell Carter Jr. followed suit by hedging his bet on two guys. He chose his teammate at Duke, Marvin Bagley III, along with Knox.

Luka Doncic of the Mavericks chose one of the favorites to bring home the hardware, first overall pick Deandre Ayton. While it’s not the most adventurous guess, he may end up being right.

There is no clear favorite to win Rookie of the Year this season. All the players mentioned (and all the players asked) are in the running.

The amount of young talent coming into the league is exciting. After one of the best Rookie of the Year battles during the 2017-18 season, this year’s race looks to deliver much of the same.