The NBA Lockout is all the rage but it's never too soon for the 2011 NBA Rookie Class to get over-hyped. Regardless of how bad this class is considered, one of them will win Rookie of the Year for the 2011-12 NBA season (assuming there is a season). Favorites to win are the obvious top picks like Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams but according to ESPN's Kevin Pelton, Markieff Morris should at least be considered a dark horse.
The thinking from Pelton is that Markieff (aka Keef) is more NBA ready and will be an efficient scorer. It's worth noting that Pelton is an NBA stat geek so measuring value based on efficiency comes naturally to him. The rest of the basketball world, however, will stick to flashy points and rebounding totals which makes Morris an unlikely pick (Pelton did list him as a dark horse for a reason).
Las Vegas odds makers are skeptical as well but at least Markieff is on the list of possible Rookie of the Year possibilities. His odds are 18/1 compared to 15/1 for Marcus Morris and 9/2 for the favorite, Derrick Williams.
If you believe in Markieff, you at least can put your money where your mouth is.