Players pick Zion Williamson for Rookie of the Year in annual survey

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Stunningly, the #1 overall pick Zion Williamson was tied for 4th with only 5 percent of the vote, which begs the question, does the 2019 NBA Draft class know something we don't?

No. 2 pick Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies came in second place receiving 27% of the vote while RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish were tied for third with 5% of the vote. While the Atlanta Hawks' selection earned 19 percent of that vote, fellow Duke alum Zion Williamson earned only five percent. Even though the survey has voted only 5% for Barrett, there are high chances he wins the rookie title for National Basketball Association 2019-20 season.

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While seeing Reddish's peers rank the final pick of the top 10 as the rookie with the most long-term potential may be a bit of a surprise, it's worth noting that Reddish has an nearly equally impressive amateur résumé. Around 19% of the people voting in the survey said that Reddish will become the biggest name in the National Basketball Association over the next few years. In the 10 years of the survey, the rookies have tabbed the eventual Rookie of the Year only once.

Reddish, who was selected at number 10 by the Hawks, and Williamson were team-mates at Duke Blue Devils.

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Previous names to win the "best career" nomination include Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, and John Wall.

Of course, last year's rookie survey featured Trae Young as the most common answer to the questions of "best shooter" and "best playmaker" in the 2018 draft class.

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Williamson also was chosen most athletic by a wide margin, getting 87% of the votes to 8% for the Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke.

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