Mavs rookies score in NBA peer survey

August, 23, 2012
Dallas Mavericks rookies Jae Crowder and Jared Cunningham are among a group of NBA rookies selected by an expert panel deemed to be most overlooked in the 2012 draft class.

So who are these supposed experts? Thirty-nine NBA rookies. surveyed the players this week at the annual rookie photo shoot. The survey asked the rookies to rate their peers in categories such as who will be the 2012-13 rookie of the year (Anthony Davis, New Orleans), who will have the best career (Davis again by a wide margin) and who's being most overlooked.

Crowder, the physical forward and second-round pick out of Marquette, and Cunningham, the athletic combo guard and first-round selection out of Oregon State, each received 5.9 percent of the vote for being most overlooked, as did Kim English (Detroit), John Jenkins (Atlanta) and Tyler Zeller (Cleveland). They were behind a group that garnered 8.8 percent of the vote and included Draymond Green (Golden State) Duncanville's and Baylor's Perry Jones (Oklahoma City), Andrew Nicholson (Orlando) and Tony Wroten (Memphis).

Mavs second-round pick Bernard James also received votes in this category.

Baylor's duo of Jones and slam-dunk artist Quincy Acy finished at the top of the voting (17.6 percent) for most athletic in the class. Cunningham is fourth, tied with the Andre Dummond (Detroit) at 11.8 percent.

Crowder and Cunningham finished tied for fifth in the category for best defender with three other players.

Cunningham also received votes for best playmaker and Crowder was in the mix, and this is an important category for locker-room impact, as funniest rookie.

The 39 rookies were also asked to name their favorite NBA player. There was no surprise in the top three with LeBron James getting 31.0 percent of the vote, Kobe Bryant garnering 18.0 percent and Kevin Durant getting 10.0 percent. Tied with 5.7 percent of the vote is Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki -- beating out the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade.



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Dirk Nowitzki
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2