Kris Dunn.

Kris Dunn will win Rookie of the Year, according to the NBA rookies

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Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, the top two picks in the 2016 Draft, are unsurprisingly the early front-runners to be crowned Rookie of the Year next season but according to their classmates, neither player win the award. 

In's annual Rookie Survey, in which 38 rookies took part,  it was Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Kris Dunn - the number five pick - who this year's draft class believe will take home the award. 

If Dunn does indeed prove them right, he will become the third straight Timberwolves player to pick up the accolade following in the footsteps of Andrew Wiggins and current holder Karl-Anthony Towns.

The 22-year-old is highly-rated and adds to the impressively talented young core that Minnesota has assembled and with Tom Thibodeau now at the helm, it would be no surprise if the young guard is named as the ROY. 

However, the upcoming season could see one of the toughest battles for the honour with a strong draft class entering the league. 

Along with Dunn, Simmons and Ingram, the likes of Dario Saric and Jaylen Brown could make big impacts with their respective teams. 

2016 NBA Draft

Another player who will be eligible for the award but wasn't drafted this year is Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid who has finally declared himself 100% fit and ready to finally make is NBA debut.

But the Rookie Survey revealed the admiration and respect that Dunn has among his classmates and he showcased his unquestionable talent at the Summer League. 

Playing alongside Towns and Wiggins will allow him to enjoy his basketball in Minnesota and make a name for himself in the NBA.

Zach LaVine
Minnesota Timberwolves
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Karl-Anthony Towns
Andrew Wiggins

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