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Magic Rookies Receive No Love in ROY Voting

2013 May 2
by Brian Serra


Despite having 70% of the league’s rookies on their roster, the Orlando Magic did not receive a single vote in this years Rookie of the Year voting. The Magic had five rookies on their roster in Moe Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, Kyle O’Quinn, Doron Lamb and DeQuan Jones. Portland rookie PG Damian Lillard was the unaninmous winner, receiving all 121 first place votes.



Rookie, Team                               1st           2nd          3rd           Total

Damian Lillard, Portland             121         —             —             605

Anthony Davis, New Orleans        —             96           18           306

Bradley Beal, Washington             —             14           52           94

Andre Drummond, Detroit             —             5             21           36

Dion Waiters, Cleveland                —             2             15           21

Harrison Barnes, Golden State       —             1             5             8

Chris Copeland, New York            —             2             2             8

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte  —             —             3             3

Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto           —             —             2             2

John Jenkins, Atlanta                     —             —             1             1

It’s hard to really argue too much with the 1st through 3rd place winners, but to have John Jenkins receive even  a single vote is a joke. Here is how the Magic rookies stacked up against the competition.

Harkless: 76 games played, 59 games started, 8.2 ppg and 4.4 rpg on 46.1 FG% in 26 mpg – Post All-Star, 13.4 ppg and 5.3 rpg

Nicholson: 75 games played, 7.8 ppg and 3.4 rpg, 52.7 FG% in only 16.7 mpg

Copeland: 56 games played, 8.7 ppg and 2.1 rpg, 47.9 FG% in only 15.4 mpg

MKG: 77 games started, 9 ppg and 5.8 rpg, 45.8 FG% in 26 mpg

Valanciunas: 62 games played, 57 games started, 8.9 ppg and 6 rpg, 55.6 FG% in only 23.9 mpg

Jenkins: 61 games played, 2 games started. 6.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 44.6 FG% in only 14.8 mpg

The only player on that list that could potentially be above Harkless would be Kidd-Gilchrist and even that is probably a toss-up. In the end, whether you finish 6th, 7th or N/A in the ROY voting makes absolutely zero difference. However, it’s a shame that people around the league didn’t take notice of the growth, performance and potential that Moe Harkless exuded throughout the year. There is still hope for the NBA All-Rookie Team, which is voted on by the leagues coaches rather than the media.

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