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MVP James Harden Is Not In Rookie Survey Favorite Players

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Last year's NBA draft was amazing, seeing players like Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum dominate in their first season. However, this year can be just as good, if not better. Every year, the rookies will vote on survey questions made by the NBA. 36 players participated in the seven questions and had some surprising but intriguing results.

Who will be the 2018-19 Kia Rookie of the Year?

1. DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix -- 18%

1. Collin Sexton, Cleveland -- 18%

3. Luka Doncic, Dallas -- 9%

3. Kevin Knox, New York -- 9%

5. Mohamed Bamba, Orlando -- 6%

5. Devonte' Graham, Charlotte -- 6%

5. Michael Porter Jr., Denver -- 6%

5. Trae Young, Atlanta -- 6%

Which rookie will have the best career?

1. Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago -- 13%

2. Kevin Knox, New York -- 10%

2. Jerome Robinson, LA Clippers -- 10%

3. DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix -- 7%

3. Mohamed Bamba, Orlando -- 7%

3. Mikal Bridges, Phoenix -- 7%

3. Collin Sexton, Cleveland -- 7%

3. Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio -- 7%

Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the Draft?

1. Keita Bates-Diop (48), Minnesota -- 13%

2. Michael Porter Jr. (14), Denver -- 10%

2. Lonnie Walker IV (18), San Antonio -- 10%

4. Jalen Brunson (33), Dallas -- 6%

4. Gary Trent Jr. (37), Portland -- 6%

Which rookie is the most athletic?

1. Zhaire Smith, Philadelphia -- 24%

2. Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City -- 15%

2. Josh Okogie, Minnesota -- 15%

2. Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio -- 15%

5. Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento -- 6%

5. Miles Bridges, Charlotte -- 6%

Which rookie is the best shooter?

1. Trae Young, Atlanta -- 47%

2. Kevin Huerter, Atlanta -- 13%

2. Svi Mykhailiuk, L.A. Lakers -- 13%

4. Gary Trent Jr., Portland -- 9%

5. Grayson Allen, Utah -- 6%

5. Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee -- 6%

Which rookie is the best defender?

1. Jevon Carter, Memphis -- 29%

2. Mohamed Bamba, Orlando -- 14%

3. Josh Okogie, Minnesota -- 11%

4. Mikal Bridges, Phoenix -- 9%

5. Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis -- 6%

5. Collin Sexton, Cleveland -- 6%

Which rookie is the best playmaker?

1. Trae Young, Atlanta -- 35%

2. Jalen Brunson, Dallas -- 15%

3. Luka Doncic, Dallas -- 9%

3. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander -- 9%

3. Collin Sexton, Cleveland -- 9%

6. Troy Brown Jr., Washington -- 6%

6. Aaron Holiday, Indiana -- 6%

What will be the biggest adjustment for you, playing in the NBA?

1. Speed or pace of the game -- 31%

2. Schedule/Length of the season -- 24%

3. Physicality (size and strength of opponents) -- 19%

4. Travel -- 10%

5. Lifestyle/Time management -- 8%

What is the most important skill you need to develop?

1. Ball-handling -- 19%

1. Shooting -- 19%

3. Defense -- 14%

4. Playmaking/Reading the defense -- 11%

5. Everything -- 8%

6. Motor/Work ethic -- 6%

6. Strength -- 6%

6. Time management -- 6%

Who is your favorite player in the league?

1. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 29%

2. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 9%

2. Kevin Durant, Golden State -- 9%

4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 6%

5. Chris Paul, Houston -- 6%

5. Dwyane Wade -- 6%

5. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City -- 6%

What did highlight this year’s list was not so much the rookies, but the current favorite players. The winner of the 2018 MVP James Harden was not in the top 7. For such an outstanding season, it is surprising not to see him here.

Harden recorded the first 60 point triple-double in NBA history. He had 60 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a win over the Magic. This performance solidified his spot for MVP and it’s definitely weird to not see him on here. Teammate Chris Paul received more votes than Harden.

In the end, it does come down to personal preference for their favorite player, whether or not how great they performing. LeBron James of the LA Lakers comes out on top for this years voting as the rookie favorite.