Zion Williamson’s arch nemesis in his young NBA career thus far has been his health. The 19-year-old rookie after undergoing knee surgery, meaning he probably won’t be back for the upstart New Orleans Pelicans until December.
That could leave room for other rookies to move ahead in the Rookie of the Year race that Williamson is — or at least was — heavily favored to win.
With Williamson down for a few weeks, this is a look at five rookies who could win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, taking advantage of the No. 1 pick’s injury-plagued start to 2019-20.
Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets
Having missed all of 2018-19 with a back injury, the No. 14 pick of the 2018 draft finally appears