The reality is the NBA is full of great young talent that has entered the league in the past 2 years which includes Trae Young, Luka Doncis, and Zion Williamson. But the shoo-in for this year Rookie of the Year appears to be Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies. Morant who has literally been putting on an all-out aerial assault on NBA defenses since he touched down in the NBA.
His high flying act delivers 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game. Like another 2020 rookie, Williamson, Morant has turned into much see TV as the high-flyer is shooting 49.1% from the field, 36.7% from the arc, and seems to have the ability to deliver “SportsCenter” caliber highlights on a nightly basis.
With Williamson missing the first 40 games of his career because of a torn meniscus he suffered during a meaningless summer league game, Morant appears to have the 2020 Rookie of the Year Award locked-up entering the NBA bubble, or does he?
The MIGHTY Line
Clearly, Zion Williamson is Morant’s main competition for the award. Williamson who has only played in 19-games thus far is averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game and checks all the box’s for the award except for the low number of games played.
Williamson would easily walk away with this year’s Rookie of the Year in a landslide if he had just played in at least 20 more games.
Still, as the NBA return is just a few weeks away, I think there is actually a scenario that could unfold that could rip the award away for Morant. Now if Williamson goes off in the bubble and he averages over 33 points a game and the Pelicans go on to make the playoffs there is a solid chance that this year’s NBA Rookie of the Year will win the award having played in just 27 games.
Realistically, Morant has nothing to worry about as its highly unlikely that Williamson will be able to score 33 points a game after such a long layoff. Still, this is yet another interesting storyline to what is certainly going to be a very entertaining NBA bubble without fans in the stands.
Morant Is Not A Silver Spoon Guy
While many NBA players are complaining about their hotel accommodations and the box food that is being delivered to their rooms for the first 48 hours of their stay inside the NBA bubble, Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies has a vastly different opinion on the whole situation.
“My room is fine,” Morant told Mark Giannotto, via Bleacher Report. “The food is fine. I’m not a silver spoon guy.”
Look sitting in a hotel room for 48 hours, being delivered boxed food is not an ideal situation for most NBA players. Still, these are just a few of the laundry list of protocols the NBA has had to put into place to ensure player safety while players live inside the NBA bubble.