With Joel Embiid going down with a knee injury, it has opened the door for another rookie to win the Rookie of the Year award. Can Jamal Murray take it out?
The winner of the 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year award was decided months ago, perhaps even before Christmas day.
Or so many people thought.
Joel Embiid has been, without question, the best and most impactful rookie all season. The gap between him and the rest of his fellow first year players is big enough to mistake for the Grand Canyon. And yet, here we are in early March, having a serious debate as to whether or not another player will win the award.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced last week that Embiid would remain out for the rest of the season due to bruising and a slight tear in his left meniscus. This leaves the extremely talented big man stranded on just 31 games played out of a possible 82, equating to just over a third of the season.
This opens the door for the rookies behind Embiid to snatch away the honour of being named the league’s top first year player.
In reality, there are only three rookies playing well enough to make those that decide on the award consider anyone but Embiid. Those players are; Dario Saric of Philadelphia, Malcolm Brogdon of Milwaukee and, Jamal Murray of our very own Denver Nuggets.
Let’s take a look at Jamal Murray’s case for Rookie of the Year.