The NBA TV Analyst Crew Gives Their 2012-13 NBA Season Predictions

Rookie of the Year

Brent Barry: Anthony Davis. [Jonas] Valanciunas is an interesting guy. He’s NBA ready, and maybe more ready than Anthony Davis. He should be an interesting story. Bradley Beal is talked about a lot. He had a great summer, and with John Wall’s injury, does he play a lot more? The darkhorse behind Anthony Davis would be Damian Lillard in Portland. He’s a fantastic scorer, but Portland’s identity is shaken right now and not stirred, so he has a chance to make a huge impact.
Chris Webber: Anthony Davis. He is going to win the award because he’s going to get a chance to play extended minutes and have a huge impact on both ends of the floor. I think he’s a young man that a lot of people feel has a chance to be really good.
Greg Anthony: Anthony Davis or Damian Lillard. Just from watching film of Lillard he has a good chance, but I think Davis has a good chance because defensively blocking shots and rebounding he should be able to control on that end. Guards have the ball a lot in their hands, so if [the voting gives priority to offense] then Lillard could take it. I think Rookie of the Year is wide open more than any of the other races.
Dennis Scott: Damian Lillard. I’m going to go with the guard out of Weber State.
Steve Smith: Anthony Davis. The first choice for me would be Anthony Davis. I think he has the best chance to win Rookie of the Year. Damian Lillard in Portland with his offensive ability has a chance to give Anthony Davis a run but if I had to pick right now I'd go with Davis.

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