LaMelo Ball voted Rookie of the Year favorite by NBA general managers

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The annual NBA general manager survey was released on Friday, only a handful of days ahead of the 2020-21 season. LaMelo Ball was voted as the favorite for Rookie of the Year in the survey and was second in voting of rookies that will be the best in five years.

In the Rookie of the Year voting, Ball received 39% of the vote, finishing comfortably ahead of Golden State’s James Wiseman in second place at 29%. Obi Toppin of the Knicks was third at 18% and Anthony Edwards of the Timberwolves was fourth at 7%. The Wizards’ Deni Avdija and the Cavaliers’ Isaac Okoro each received votes as well.

Wiseman was named the rookie that will be the best player in five years, receiving 36% of the vote. Ball was second at 25%, Edwards was third at 14%, Patrick Williams of Chicago finished with 11% and Okoro was at 5%. Atlanta’s Onyeka Okongwu and New York’s Obi Toppin also received votes.

Vernon Carey was also among those receiving votes as the biggest steal in the draft. The Hornets landed Carey with the second pick in the second round, No. 32 overall. The team gave Carey a four-year deal with the most guaranteed money of any second-round pick.