NBA Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?  

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List Rules Vote up the first-season NBA players who most deserve to be crowned Rookie of the Year for the 2016-2017 season.

Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.

The 2016-2017 NBA season welcomed many talented rookies from all over the world, but only one player can be crowned the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year. During their first year in the league, NBA rookies face expectations from their team, coaches, and fans. A strong NBA debut can lead to a bright future in basketball, so NBA rookies must step up their game to hang with the pros. The players on this list are all contenders for the 2016-2017 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. 

Currently leading the race for 2016-2017 NBA Rookie of the Year is Philadelphia 76ers' center Joel Embiid. Nicknamed "The Process," Joel Embiid missed his first two seasons due to injuries. The 2014 third overall draft pick finally made his NBA debut this season with impressive stats, even being named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October/November and December. Other notable contenders for the 2017 NBA ROTY include Minnesota Timberwolves' point guard Kris Dunn and New Orleans Pelicans' shooting guard Buddy Hield.  

Vote for the player you think deserves to be the 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year? Can Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers top the rookie ladder? Or will Denver Nuggets' guard Jamal Murray swoop in? Make your 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year predictions, and add any deserving NBA rookies missing from this list.  

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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Philadelphia 76ers

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Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Los Angeles Lakers

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Malcolm Brogdon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Milwaukee Bucks

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Buddy Hield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
New Orleans Pelicans

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Dario Šarić is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Philadelphia 76ers

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Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Boston Celtics

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Jamal Murray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Denver Nuggets

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Marquese Chriss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Phoenix Suns

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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Philadelphia 76ers

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Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Oklahoma City Thunder

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Kris Dunn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Minnesota Timberwolves

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Guillermo Hernangomez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
New York Knicks

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Álex Abrines is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Álex Abrines Oklahoma City Thunder

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Isaiah Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Isaiah Whitehead Brooklyn Nets

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Dragan Bender is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Phoenix Suns

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Semaj Christon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Oklahoma City Thunder

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Rodney McGruder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Miami Heat

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Mindaugas Kuzminskas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
New York Knicks

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Andrew Harrison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Memphis Grizzlies

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Dorian Finney-Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Dorian Finney-Smith Dallas Mavericks

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Malcolm Delaney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Atlanta Hawks

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Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Deserves To Be NBA's Rookie Of The Year For 2016-17?
Toronto Raptors