Morant wins Rookie of Year, Coby gets three third-place votes originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
In an expected and abundantly deserved move, Ja Morant officially took home 2020 Rookie of the Year honors Thursday night.
But we got some Bulls representation on the ballot.
Though Morant claimed 99 of 100 first-place votes for the award, Coby White snuck into the top five in total points by way of three third-place votes.
Coby White received three third-place votes in Rookie of the Year voting won by Ja Morant. pic.twitter.com/UVT8IA6q7o— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) September 3, 2020
White’s rookie campaign was a bit uneven, but ended with a flourish. In ten post-All-Star break contests, White averaged 24.7 points and 4.3 assists on 46.8-40.7-89.5 shooting splits. He grabbed the starting point guard job in the team’s last game before the COVID-19 pandemic paused the season. His growth was one of few positive Bulls storylines in an otherwise rudderless 2019-20 campaign.
Meanwhile, Morant led the Memphis Grizzlies to a surprise play-in berth, averaging 31 minutes, 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per night. Zion Williamson stole one first-place vote for his unnatural production over a limited sample size, but finished third on the ballot.
It’s unclear when the league will release the voting results for All-Rookie teams, but expect White to make an appearance on one of those as well.