BOZICH | NBA Rookies snub Towns, recognize Booker; Rozier a Draf - WDRB 41 Louisville News

BOZICH | NBA Rookies snub Towns, recognize Booker; Rozier a Draft steal?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The NBA rookie class of 2015 has voted – and they don’t agree with the management team of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

They voted for Duke forward Jahlil Okafor over Karl Anthony-Towns of Kentucky as their pick for the 2016 NBA rookie of the year.

And they doubled down by selecting Okafor, not Towns, as the player most likely to have the best career.

The numbers weren’t really close. In this story by John Schuhmann of NBA.com, Okafor received nearly 42 percent of the votes from the 36 rookies who participated at a recent photo shoot. (It should be noted that players could not vote for themselves – or their college teammates.)

That’s more than double the total of runner-up Stanley Johnson (Arizona/Pistons), who earned 19.4 and Towns, 12.9, the overall top pick by Minnesota.

Okafor was drafted third by Philadelphia, following Towns and Louisville native D’Angelo Russell, a rookie with the Lakers.

As far as the best career, Towns closed the gap considerably, earning 17.2 percent of the votes. Okafor led with 24.1.

Several other local players registered in other survey questions:

*Former U of L guard Terry Rozier, now with Boston, finished tied for sixth in voting for Biggest Steal of the Draft. Rozier and former teammate Montrezl Harrell earned votes in the Most Athletic category.

The winner, with only 12 percent of the votes, was Joseph Young of Oregon, who will play for the Pacers.

*Former UK forward Willie Cauley-Stein finished third in voting for Most Athletic, trailing former Virginia star Justin Anderson as well as Pat Connaughton of Notre Dame.

*Kentucky’s Devin Booker crushed the competition for Best Shooter, winning with more than 58 percent of the vote. Booker was drafted by Phoenix. R.J. Hunter and Connaughton finished tied for second, earning less than 9 percent of the votes.

*As much love as Cauley-Stein earned last season for his versatility and performance as a defender, he finished only fourth in voting for Best Defender with less than 6 percent of the vote.

The winner? Former Arizona star Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at 23.5 percent. Second place went to Stanley Johnson and third to former Duke freshman Justise Winslow.

*Finally, Russell, who played one season at Central High School, was the pick at Best Playmaker. He earned better than 40 percent of the votes.

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