Fox, Monk among standouts from NBA rookie peers

For the ninth straight year, sat down and polled the NBA rookie class, asking the rookies seven questions about their peers and what they expect to see out of them. Among the most common names mentioned were former Kentucky standouts Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox.

Former Kentucky guard Malik Monk was voted the fourth most athletic rookie by his rookie class peers. (photo by Barry Westerman, UK Athletics) polled 39 rookies this year for its annual NBA rookie survey. Players were not allowed to vote for themselves, college teammates or NBA teammates. The rookies were asked their rookie of the year pick, best career, biggest draft steal, most athletic, best shooter, best defender, best playmaker, what their toughest adjustment is to the NBA, the skill they must develop in the NBA and their favorite NBA player.

Monk, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, finished second in the best shooter category with 13.5 percent of the votes. He finished tied for the fourth most athletic rookie, receiving 7.7 percent of the votes from his peers.

Fox, the top Kentucky draft pick, taken fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings, finished in a tie for the third best playmaker (5.1 percent) in the 2017 class and the fourth best defender (10.5 percent). Asked which rookie will have the best career, Fox garnered the fifth most votes (7.9 percent).

Former Wildcat All-American and national champion Anthony Davis received the seventh most votes (4.2 percent) for the rookie class’ favorite NBA player.