Thanks a lot, Lawrence Frank.
Andre Drummond was on track to have one of the most promising rookie seasons ever, comparing to Shaq’s rookie year at one point. But Frank played Drummond so little, 20.7 minutes per game after a late-season rise, Drummond had no chance at Rookie of the Year.
Drummond’s late injury probably would have pushed him behind Damian Lillard no matter what Frank decided, but the Pistons center deserved better than fourth. Bradley Beal finished third – ahead of Drummond by a larger margin than between Drummond and 10th-place John Jenkins.
Because of such a low minute total, I bet plenty of voters ignored Drummond. Dock him for a lack of playing time. That’s fine. This award is about impact, and it’s difficult to make an impact while on the bench. But Drummond still deserved to finish ahead of Beal.
These awards don’t matter much, and it matters exponentially less who finishes third or fourth. But it’s always nice to see Pistons do well, and we were denied that satisfaction – one last gift from Frank.
Complete Rookie of the Year voting
Player, team: total points (first-second-third)
- Damian Lillard, Portland: 605 (121-0-0)
Anthony Davis, New Orleans: 306 (0-96-18) Bradley Beal, Washington: 94 (0-14-52) Andre Drummond, Detroit: 36 (0-5-21) Dion Waiters, Cleveland: 21 (0-2-15) Harrison Barnes, Golden State: 8 (0-1-5) Chris Copeland, New York: 8 (0-2-2) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte: 3 (0-0-3) Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto: 2 (0-0-2) John Jenkins, Atlanta: 1 (0-0-1)
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