NBA.com’s John Schuhmann has made the NBA Rookie Survey an annual tradition, and he just released the results of the 2019-20 version. While Bulls rookie Coby White doesn’t lead the pack of 42 rookies in any of the categories, he’s actually tied for most categories with a vote with five. Second-round pick Carsen Edwards is the other one with five.
Note: Players were asked not to vote for themselves, college teammates or NBA teammates. These votes were discounted.
Rookie of the Year
To the surprise of nobody, No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson is on top of this category with 35% of the vote, edging out No. 2 pick Ja Morant (27%).
White got just one vote for Rookie of the Year. I don’t envision White being a legitimate candidate for this award because I think he’s going to struggle a bit to start his career, and the Bulls currently have a number of other players to get minutes at his positions. However, the hope is he’ll get better as his rookie season goes on and can play a significant role down the stretch.
The results of this one were a shocker. Cam Reddish got 19% of the vote to lead the way despite a poor freshman season at Duke. Reddish was followed by Ja Morant (16%) and De’Andre Hunter (11%), with White, Zion, RJ Barrett and Jaxson Hayes all at 5%.
White getting 5% here isn’t crazy. He’s a talented prospect who could wind up being a legitimate point guard of the future in Chicago. White getting the same amount of votes as Zion is wild, though, and Reddish getting the most votes is eye-opening.
Bol Bol (pick No. 44) and Kevin Porter Jr. (pick No. 30) lead the way here with 19% of the vote each. White is then in a group of five at 5%. The point guard is by far the highest pick of this group, with Grant Williams next at pick No. 22. In fact, White is the highest pick to receive a vote in this category.
Matisse Thybulle (37%) and De’Andre Hunter (29%) dominate this category. While White isn’t exactly known for his defense, he still earned a single vote here. Let’s hope he can surprise defensively and come close to living up to this vote.
Ja Morant is the runaway winner of this category at 40%, and it makes total sense given he led the country in assists by a wide margin and showed off incredible vision at Murray State. Darius Garland (15%) is in second, and then there’s White and Ty Jerome at 10%.
White may not be a natural at his position and will need time to develop, his spot in this category is reasonable given he was the third point guard drafted.