The NBA conducts an annual survey of its rookies during the rookie symposium, asking them questions about their peers in their draft class. Kim English showed up in several of the responses in this year’s survey (note: players were not allowed to vote for themselves), Andre Drummond showed up in a couple categories and Kyle Singler showed up in one.
I think most Pistons fans have been impressed with English’s maturity and work ethic so far, and that is also noted among his fellow rookies. English received votes in the ‘Which rookie will have the best career?’ category. Here were the results of that one:
1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans — 40.6 percent
2. Harrison Barnes, Golden State — 12.5 percent
3. Damian Lillard, Portland — 9.4 percent
T-4. Thomas Robinson, Sacramento & Dion Waiters, Cleveland — 6.3 percent
Others receiving votes: Bradley Beal, Washington; Kim English, Detroit; Bernard James, Dallas; Perry Jones, Oklahoma City; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte; Kendall Marshall, Phoenix; Fab Melo, Boston; Austin Rivers, New Orleans
English and Bernard James were the only two second round picks to receive a vote in that category. Drummond, Meyers Leonard, Terrence Ross, Dion Waiters and Jeremy Lamb were the only lottery picks who didn’t receive a vote in that category.
English also tied for third in the ‘most overlooked’ category, fourth in ‘best shooter’ and tied for fifth in ‘best defender.’
Drummond tied for fourth in ‘most athletic’ and received votes in ‘best defender.’ Singler received votes in the ‘best shooter’ category.