Even though he was the No. 1 overall pick, only two players picked him to have the best National Basketball Association career, according to a survey of the league's rookies.
Simmons might not have come to mind to players at the rookie photo shoot, which was for the most recent draft class. To the surprise of some, it was Dennis Smith from Dallas Mavericks that received the most votes. And rookies have tended to pick someone other than the No. 1 pick for this question.
The 2017 National Basketball Association rookie class is bullish on Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. He was named most athletic in a landslide, earning 43.6 percent of the vote. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Smith received 25.7 percent of the vote among the thirty-nine rookies. Ball was then taken second, followed by Jayson Tatum.
Smith Jr. was the ninth overall selection.
While Kuzma's vote feels like the ultimate case of Summer League overreaction, we'll focus on the mere fact that Fultz - who was, once again, the overwhelming favorite atop most draft boards - continues to be viewed as a secondary talent.
Ball will also have a large role as a rookie, as he will be the starting point guard for the Lakers.
Since Jason Kidd, the Mavs have been on a point guard odyssey. That is too many names for a team trying to stabilize itself in the thick Western Conference.
The rookies also voted Ball and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum as the most likely players to have the best National Basketball Association careers (18.4 percent each), Mitchell (picked No. 13 overall) as the biggest steal in the draft (18.9 percent) and Smith as the most athletic player (43.6 percent).