Nerlens Noel really turned it on the second half of the year and made a huge push in the Rookie of the Year race. But was it enough? Not even close. Nerlens finished third with 141 total points to Nikola Mirotic’s 335 and Andrew Wiggins’ 604.
Only Keith Pompey, Mike Breen, and Molly Sullivan gave Nerlens #1 votes — et tu, Zumoff? — while people like Bill Simmons and Hubie Brown tossed 2nd place votes his way. Here’s how it all broke down:
The Sixers will have another shot at bringing that ROTY trophy to the Wells Fargo next year with Joel Embiid (and maybe D’Angelo Russell). The year after that? It’s Dario’s to lose.