With Chris Clemons stellar start to his NBA career, it’s worth posing the question of whether the Houston Rockets rookie will receive any votes for the Rookie of the Year award.
Houston Rockets rookie Chris Clemons has gone from being an undrafted fringe player to a promising young guard averaging 20.6 points per 36 minutes, not to mention the fact that he’s shooting 39 percent from 3-point range.
In a short amount of time, Clemons has shown he is capable of being one of the Rockets’ best reserves on the roster, which has helped make him a fan favorite. Not only has the Campbell product’s play made him a fan favorite, it’s also netted him a long-term contract. But has Clemons’ play been enough to net him votes for the Rookie of the Year award?
It would seem like this is a far-fetched question to ask, but it’s important to remember what the question is specifically. We’re not asking if he should win the Rookie of the Year award, as that should surely go to Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant, who is shooting 40 percent from downtown and averaging 17.8 points per game while dishing out 6.6 assists.
The question is whether Clemons should receive any votes for the ROTY award, which is worth asking considering the fact that Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall has received All-Star votes despite only averaging 4.3 points per contest while playing 3.7 minutes per game.
Clemons is playing 9.1 minutes per game and is averaging 5.2 points, which should at least get him one or two votes for the Rookie of the Year award. Granted, we’re not even halfway finished with the regular season and the votes won’t be cast out until the summer. so we’ve got plenty of time to speculate.
Not only do we have plenty of time to speculate, but Clemons also has plenty of time to shine and impress even more. For all we know, Clemons could very well improve upon his averages, which would make it even more difficult for voters to not consider putting his name on the ballot. Although the question may seem bizarre, Clemons deserves to be considered, seeing as how Tacko Fall is receiving All-Star votes.