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NBA.com Rookie Survey Predicts Philadelphia 76ers Jahlil Okafor Will Win 2015-16 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year

NBA.com’s survey of NBA rookies predicts Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (41.9% of the vote) will be the 2015-16 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm®  was followed by Stanley Johnson of the Detroit Pistons (19.4%) and No. 1 draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves (12.9%) as the top vote getters in the category.

The first-year players were also asked to name their favorite current NBA stars with Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder (21%), Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (18.2%) and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (15.2%) comprising the top three most popular players.

The NBA.com Rookie Survey, compiled earlier this month at Panini’s NBA Rookie Shoot in Tarrytown, N.Y. by reporter John Schuhmann, asked this year’s rookies for their favorites in a variety of categories including best playmaker and best shooter.

D’Angelo Russell of the Los Angeles Lakers (40%) was voted best playmaker in this year’s rookie class while Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns (58.8%) was named the best shooter.

Johnson, the versatile Pistons forward, received votes in a survey-best seven categories. In addition to Rookie of the Year, he was listed for best career, biggest steal, most athletic, best shooter, best defender and funniest rookie.

The complete results of the survey are available at NBA.com: http://on.nba.com/1USO7aD. Players were not allowed to vote for themselves or their college and NBA teammates.

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