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2015 NBA Draft

NBA rookie survey suggests Karl-Anthony Towns over Jahlil Okafor was a mistake


Most NBA teams would have picked Karl-Anthony Towns over Jahlil Okafor with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA draft. I would have. The Timberwolves did.

But a plurality of NBA rookies prefer Okafor, who went No. 3 to the 76ers.

Two responses in NBA.com’s annual rookie survey reveal that:

Who will be the 2015-16 Rookie of the Year?

1. Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia — 41.9 percent

2. Stanley Johnson, Detroit — 19.4 percent

3. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota — 12.9 percent

T-4. Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver — 9.7 percent

D’Angelo Russell, L.A. Lakers — 9.7 percent

Others receiving votes: Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento; Trey Lyles, Utah

Which rookie will have the best career?

Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia — 24.1 percent

2. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota — 17.2 percent

T-3. Justin Anderson, Dallas — 13.8 percent

Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver — 13.8 percent

5. Stanley Johnson, Detroit — 8.0 percent

6. Sam Dekker, Houston — 6.9 percent

Others receiving votes: Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento; Bobby Portis, Chicago; Kelly Oubre, Washington; Kristaps Porzingis, New York; D’Angelo Russell, L.A. Lakers; Rashad Vaughn, Milwaukee

Picking Okafor for Rookie of the Year doesn’t necessarily mean he should have gone No. 1. The former Duke center is exceptionally polished offensively, and he should fill a big role on the lowly 76ers.

But the “best career” question is essentially asking who should have gone No. 1 – especially considering Towns and Okafor play the same position. Perhaps, a majority of respondents who took a third candidate would have taken Towns over Okafor, changing results of a run-off race. But with the information we have, plurality rules.

The survey also includes other interesting (Mavericks’ Justin Anderson as most athletic), unsurprising (Suns’ Devin Booker as best shooter) and surprising (Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as best defender) responses. Willie Cauley-Stein went No. 6 to the Kings largely based on his ability to guard the interior and exterior. If he’s not elite defensively – and his peers don’t rate him that way, ranking him fourth with 5.9% of votes – questions about his offense and rebounding become more significant.

For the second straight year, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James ranked 1-2-3 as rookies’ favorite players.

Of course, don’t take these responses as gospel. Despite 13.8% of respondents – tied for third most – picking Anderson to have the best career, nobody voted for him as the draft’s biggest steal. How you can think the No. 21 pick will have the best career yet isn’t the draft’s biggest steal is beyond me.

Report: Jason Terry re-signs with Rockets

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Jason Terry said he nearly re-signed with the Rockets.

Then, he became unsatisfied with their offer and considered the Pelicans.

In the end, he’s headed back to Houston.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

The Rockets could have offered Terry up to $2,274,206, but anything over the minimum ($1,499,187) would have triggered the hard cap. I’d be shocked if Terry got more than the minimum. I can’t imagine Daryl Morey restricting himself to such a large degree for a 37-year-old backup.

But on a minimum contract, Terry is nice value.

Pressed into starting duty at point guard, Terry played reasonably well during the Rockets playoff run to the Western Conference finals. If Patrick Beverley is healthy and Ty Lawson is sober, Terry should have a smaller role this season. Terry could also see minutes at shooting guard behind James Harden and Marcus Thornton.

The Rockets and Terry both know he works well in their system, and Houston has legitimate championship aspirations. This makes sense as Terry’s landing spot.

Report: Veteran big man Joey Dorsey signs with Turkish club

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Joey Dorsey was one of the Rockets’ throw-ins to the Nuggets in last month’s Ty Lawson trade, and he wasn’t long for Denver’s crowded roster of big men. It turns out his current stint in the NBA wasn’t meant to last, either. International basketball reporter David Pick is reporting that Dorsey has signed a deal with a Turkish club:

Dorsey had a small role on the Rockets this season, but he started 17 games while Dwight Howard sat out with a knee injury. It was his first year back in the NBA after spending three years playing in Greece and Spain. It’s unclear whether his new deal in Turkey has an NBA out — he’s still a useful fourth or fifth big in the league, so there’s a chance another team will pick him up at some point.