Earlier this week, the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot took place in New York, featuring 38 of the top NBA draft picks who donned their team uniforms and posed for the cameras in a variety of ways.
However, in addition to the photos, the rookies were surveyed with 10 questions total, and eight regarding various predictions and perceptions about their peers. And you may be surprised that both of the Suns top picks were mentioned among the leaders in one question each.
T.J. Warren ranked third overall among the group for the question "Which Rookie Will Have the Best Career?", with 8.1% of the vote. That may not sound like much, but he beat out both Zach LaVine and most surprisingly of all, Andrew Wiggins who were both tied for fourth place with 5.4%.
The two players in front of Warren were Doug McDermott with 13.5% of the vote, and the winner Jabari Parker with 45.9%.
As for Tyler Ennis, he ranked first overall for the question "Which Rookie Is the Best Playmaker?", with 24.3% of the vote. Ennis beat out Kyle Anderson who received 18.9%, Marcus Smart with 13.5%, and Dante Exum who received 5.4% of the vote.
Again, there were only eight questions total relating to their peers, so for both of the rookies to be mentioned at or near the top for one each is a pretty big compliment. In fact, T.J. Warren also received votes for "Who Will Be the 2014-15 Rookie of the Year?", "Which Rookie Is Being Most Overlooked?", "Which Rookie Is the Best Shooter?", and "Which Rookie Is the Best Playmaker?", and surprisingly, "Which Rookie Is the Most Funniest?" as well.
Apparently, Warren wasn't allowed to vote for himself on any of these either. So the votes did in fact come from his peers.
In any case, as John Schuhmann pointed out, "The Suns' T.J. Warren gets the 'Jack of all trades, master of none' award for this Rookie Survey. He got eight total votes, but in six different categories, with this being the only question he got multiple votes on. Only No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins also got votes on six different questions."
So who else fared well among the rookies?
- Doug McDermott is the winner overall with a 1st place (Best Shooter), two 2nd place (Rookie of the Year-Tied) and (Best Career), a Tied-4th Place (Best Playmaker) and a Tied5th place (Most Overlooked) vote.
- Jabari Parker received two 1st place votes...the most of any rookie.
- Andrew Wiggins received two 2nd place votes (Rookie of the Year-Tied) and (Most Athletic), a Tied-4th place (Best Career), and a Tied-5th place (Most Overlooked) vote.
- Kyle Anderson received a 1st place vote (Most Overlooked) and a 2nd place vote (Best Playmaker).
- Zach LaVine received a 1st place vote (Most Athletic) and a Tied-4th place (Best Career) votes.
- Aaron Gordon received a 3rd place (Most Athletic) and a Tied-5th place (Best Defender) vote.
- Gary Harris received a Tied-3rd place (Best Defender) and a Tied-5th place (Most Overlooked) vote.
- Elfrid Payton received a Tied-3rd place (Best Defender) and a Tied-4th place (Rookie of the Year) vote.
You can see the complete list of questions and all of the answers compiled by John Shuhmann of NBA.com here.