With the calendar turned to March, we have decided hit the stretch run of the NBA season. Storylines need to be tied with a bow, so to speak as the season draws quickly to a close.
Last night's 92-81 Magic win over the 76ers tied one such bow as it was the last time Rookie of the Year candidates Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo would play against each other. Neither played very well with Carter-Williams gaining the upper hand in the individual battle.
Carter-Williams appears to have a leg up in that race. But the game also brought up the issue of tanking and the turn toward the NBA Draft.
The Rookie of the Year race, the upcoming NBA Draft and how to evaluate some of the young prospects the Magic are looking at and the future of several veterans were among the topics I discussed with Eric Lopez of Sports Talk Florida on the Insiders Show on Sunday morning.
Here is my take on the Rookie of the Year race:
I think it's going to be really tough for [Victor Oladipo]. Oladipo has had a fantastic season. It's him, Trey Burke and Michael Carter-Williams for Rookie of the Year. All three have put up some fantastic numbers and have done some really good things. The unfortunate part about these awards voting is people don't get to see much of these guys especially since all three of the front runners are at the bottom of the standings. There is not a lot of chance for voters to see them. The way Carter-Williams played especially at the beginning of the year and the responsibility that Philadelphia put on him immediately have given him more of a chance to showcase himself a little bit. And that's probably what is going to win him Rookie of the Year.
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