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.