NBA freshmen voted Kris Dunn as the next Rookie of the Year awardee

By Gener Geminiano, Posted: 10/18/16 05:10AM EDT
Kris Dunn suiting up for Providence
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 19: Kris Dunn #3 of the Providence Friars salutes the fans as they chant his name in the last minute of the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the second half during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 19, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina Tar Heels won 85-66.(Photo : (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images))

Kris Dunn, the fifth overall pick of the Minnesota has groped for form during the preseason, but many still think that he will win the highly coveted NBA Rookie of the Year plum thanks to his firm sheer athleticism, superb playmaking skills, work ethic, and determination.

In the recently-conducted NBA poll for freshman players, Dunn emerged on top as the player who would possibly win the award. Dunn was favored by the 29-percent of the players who participated in the survey. The spitfire guard who played for Providence in NCAA was also chosen by his class as the best playmaker and best defender.

The addition of Dunn will surely bring excitement and promising prospects to a team that is still seeking its first crown in the league. He is a perfect fit to the young team that already has Zach LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins.

Second overall pick Brandon Ingram checked in second behind Dunn in the poll. The Los Angeles Lakers rookie obtained 25.8 of the votes. Top overall pick Ben Simmons of Philadelphia 76ers took the third spot with 19.4%.

The 6-9 forward Ingram who suited up for Duke in college was selected by his peers as the freshman that will possibly have the best career in his class according to a report by

Brandon Rush of The Bulletin was generous on his words about Dunn saying, "He's tough, he's talented and he's a hard worker....I really look up to Kris and what he's doing right now as a rookie."

Dunn unleashed his fiery form when he made his first appearance at the Summer League, chipping in 27 points and went 10-for-18 in shooting. Even though Dunn suited up for only a couple of games in the Summer League no thanks to the concussion he sustained, he was still very impressive on showcasing what he is capable of doing-crisp playmaking, uncanny shooting, and solid defensive skills.

The first-year players were also asked to choose their favorite player in NBA. Kevin Durant was the top choice as he obtained 29.7 percent of the vote. Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook were tied for second to fourth. Interestingly, Stephen Curry failed to sneak into the top nine.

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