Top 5 players in the NBA Rookie of the Year 2019 race

Dallas Mavs rookie Luka Doncic is setting the bar high early on in the NBA ROY race. [Image via NBA/YouTube screencap]
Dallas Mavs rookie Luka Doncic is setting the bar high early on in the NBA ROY race. [Image via NBA/YouTube screencap]

These five players are contending early on for the NBA's Rookie of the Year prize.

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The 2018-19 NBA season isn't halfway over yet, but several young players are emerging as early Rookie of the Year candidates. Only a few of them happen to be on teams that look like they have playoff potential. With that said, here are the five rookies playing the best at this moment in the season.

1

Luka Doncic - Dallas Mavericks

Doncic came into the league as a highly-touted foreign phenomenon and hasn't disappointed so far. The 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 18.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. Not only that, he's helped the Mavs remain among the top eight teams in the West.

2

Deandre Ayton - Phoenix Suns

Deandre Ayton brought the responsibility with him of being the league's No. 1 pick and not wanting to be another big man bust at the spot. So far, he hasn't been too shabby, despite the Suns' poor record. Ayton leads the team with 10.1 rebounds a game and also averages 15.8 points and 2.5 assists per contest.

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