Following the Orlando Magic's loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday, The Starters crew took to the airwaves Monday to break down the Rookie of the Year race between Magic guard Victor Oladipo, Jazz point guard Trey Burke, and Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams.
Leigh Ellis and Tas Melas agree that Burke ought to earn the award despite his missing the Jazz's first 12 games due to injury. "I think he's going to make the best pro," Melas says, a point with which Ellis agrees.
For his part, J.E. Skeets picks Carter-Williams to take home the honor despite the Sixers' horrible record. "I'm not gonna hold it against Michael Carter-Williams because he plays on a D-League team with the 76ers," Skeets says. "He has put up numbers." The Syracuse product is averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game on 39.3 percent shooting.
The lone Starters member to pick Oladipo is Trey Kerby, who highlights the fact that the Magic rookie has managed to stay mostly healthy throughout the season, which is more than Burke and Carter-Williams can say for themselves. A sore ankle has sidelined Oladipo for two of Orlando's 71 games.
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