Nobody knows what can happen in a basketball player’s career, but you can try to predict it seeing their first performances. However, this doesn’t happen all the time, since there are “busts” who never get to the level people expected from them. It can be either thanks to an injury or just because of the lack of regularity. Anyways, let’s see 5 examples of players with questionable Rookie of the Year awards.
Rookie of the Year Stats: 11.9 PTS, 4.0 RPG, 1.7 AST
Career: 10.7 PTS, 4.2 RPG, 2.6 AST
Many people think Miller won the prize due to the bad seasons from both the Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets. Averaging less 12 points and 4 rebounds per game, Miller earned the prize thanks to others’ bad performances than for his own merits. He owes that award to the Orlando Magic.
Rookie of the Year Stats: 20.1 PTS, 5.3 RPG, 5.8 AST
Career: 16.2 PTS, 4.8 RPG, 5.1 AST
Evans had a great first season, fighting with Stephen Curry to win the ROY award. At the end, he earned it, but after that season, we never saw the same Tyreke. He has been going and coming from teams but not finding his old shape, unlike Curry, who has developed his game every season since his arrival in the league.
Rookie of the Year Stats: 16.7 PTS, 6.2 RPG, 6.3 AST
Career: 13.4 PTS, 5.3 RPG, 5.5 AST
Carter-Williams displayed an unbelievable game in his first campaign as a pro, and even when his draft class was one of the worst in modern times, Michael was able to make a statement in his rookie season. He earned the ROY award with almost no competition, but after that season, the Sixers traded him, and since then, he has been going around in the Eastern Conference trying to find his place. Right now he’s part of the Chicago Bulls, but everything appears as if Michael won’t be able to go back to his old shape.
Rookie of the Year Stats: 19.0 PTS, 4.0 RPG, 9.3 AST
Career: 13.4 PTS, 3.5 RPG, 6.1 AST
Damon put up some good numbers during his rookie season, but after that, he was a regular player – according to several basketball fans. He did some good things, but the lack of consistency played him a bad trick and his numbers were decreasing throughout the seasons he spent in the NBA.
Rookie of the Year Stats: 15.1 PTS, 10.9 RPG, 1.7 AST
Career: 12.3 PTS, 9.9 RPG, 1.7 BLK
Since the very beginning, both experts and fans had doubts about Okafor, but Charlotte picked him thanks to his College stats, and even when he won the ROY over great players like Dwight Howard himself, after that season Okafor was never the same, as he was playing for various team until becoming just another player. His selection was highly questionable, and the following years proved the detractors were right.