Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterEarlier this week, the NBA gathered its first-year players at the Knicks’ training facility for the annual Rookie Photo Shoot. As Knicks’ rookies Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo had some fun, a selection of the young guns were invited to participate in the year Rookie Survey as well.
As fate would have it, each of the rookies in New York’s duo got some love from their peers. In all, thirty-eight players participated in the survey itself.
Despite being selected in the second-round, Early seems to be one of the more talked about and hyped incoming first-year players, at least according to his fellow rookies. His name can be found all over the survey.
The No. 34 overall selection of the 2014 NBA Draft was among those “Others Receiving Votes” in categories pertaining to the most overlooked rookies, and ones who are poised to have the best career.
What’s more, the high-flying swingman was also recognized as the fourth most athletic player in his draft class. Apparently Early has a sense of humor, because he was voted the fourth funniest rookie as well.
At this point, it’s unknown whether or not Antetokounmpo will be playing for the Knicks, the D-League, or an international team next season. Still, that didn’t shut the 51st over pick out from the survey, either. An All-Defensive Third Team selection out of the NBA D-League last season, the young gun was among those “Others Receiving Votes” as the best defensive player from his draft class.
Interestingly enough, Carmelo Anthony’s name also came up in the survey as well. The Knicks’ star was recognized as one of the favorite players in the league of the draft class. He came in fourth, behind the likes of Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James.