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Paul George Picks Victor Wembanyama As Rookie of the Year Over Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren and Victor Wembanyama. Photo via Getty Images

The NBA Rookie of the Year Award for the 2023-24 season is generally regarded as a two-horse race between Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren. Nevertheless, if he had to pick, Paul George thinks the former should get the nod over the Oklahoma City Thunder center.

The Los Angeles Clippers All-Star explains his choice on the Podcast P show:

It’s a toss-up, to be honest. Both of them are really deserving of the Rookie of the Year award.

I’ma give it to Wemby. Like, Chet’s on a winning team. He’s got a great group of young guys around him. Not much pressure is like, solely on him. 

The expectation for Wemby is really high. He’s playing on a young team as well, but they’re not as successful. He’s relied upon to do a lot on a nightly basis and he’s doing it… With the expectation, he’s doing a great job.

Paul George on his pick for the 2024 NBA Rookie of the Year

The NBA generally gives the ROY award to a first-year guy with the best stats. That’s why it’s understandable why George picks Wembanyama. The seven-foot-five San Antonio Spurs rookie produced otherworldly numbers, making history with a five-by-five game and a triple-double with blocks in a 10-day span. In addition to that, he is leading the league in blocks per game (3.4) and total blocks (197).

Nevertheless, that should not devalue Holmgren’s contributions in any way. He sits at third in total blocks (161) and tied with Anthony Davis at fourth in blocks per game (2.5). The Gonzaga product’s efficiency is also something to get excited about. He is averaging 16.8 points per game on 53.5 percent shooting from the floor, 78 percent from the line, and 39 percent from deep.

If this was any other year, Holmgren may have the Rookie of the Year award in the bag already. However, since his first year coincides with Wembanyama’s, something’s always got to give.