Orlando Magic Forward Paolo Banchero Named Finalist for NBA Rookie of the Year Award
By Yahoo Sports // April 17, 2023
led the rookie class in a number of categories
(YAHOO.COM) – The NBA on Friday unveiled the three finalists for the Rookie of the Year award based on the voting results from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.
Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero, Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler, and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jalen Williams were announced on TNT as the three contenders for the award after strong individual performances this season.
Banchero is the front-runner to win after averaging 20 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists.
The No. 1 pick led the rookie class in a number of categories, including scoring, field goals per game (6.7), free throws (5.5), and 30-point games (6).
Kessler emerged as a candidate after a strong run, posting 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks on 72% shooting from the field. The 22nd pick led all rookies in total rebounds and blocks and finished fourth among all players in the league in that category.
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