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An unusual factor in the race for the 2010-11 NBA Rookie of the Year is that there will be two number one draft choices eligible for the award. The number one pick of the 2009 draft, Blake Griffin, will have his shot at his rookie season after missing the 2009-10 campaign due to a knee injury sustained in the preseason. If he can show the form that won him the 2009 John R. Wooden Award, then the L.A. Clippers will consider the yearâ€™s wait worth it.
The 2010 number one draft choice, Kentuckyâ€™s John Wall, will have a chance to showcase the skills that brought the Wildcats to the Elite Eight with the Washington Wizards while sharing a backcourt with a returning Gilbert Arenas. In his only season of college play, Wall established himself as a force, averaging 16.6 points, 6.5 assists, and 1.8 steals. He also excelled in the Las Vegas Summer League, being named most outstanding player.
Wallâ€™s Kentucky teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, also figures to be a strong contender for the award as well, playing for the Sacramento Kings. Cousins, who averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks last season, was named the SEC Rookie of the Year and led the conference in rebounding. Some consider him to be a better prospect than his Wildcat cohort.
A more polished alternative to the younger Cousins and Wall is Evan Turner out of Ohio State, who was drafted No. 2 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. Wall was the 2010 Wooden Award winner and led the Buckeyes to the Sweet Sixteen last season. Turner is a very well rounded player, averaging 20.4 points, 6.0 assists, and 9.2 rebounds a game.
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