If he stays healthy and does what he’s doing, but the Clips stay horrible, is Blake Griffin your T-Mobile Rookie of the Year?
David Aldridge: Probably, though we’ll have to define “horrible.” Is that one game better than the Wizards, for example? ‘Cause if the records are close, I wouldn’t count out John Wall just yet.
Steve Aschburner: Two very big ifs, especially for anyone lugging the curse of the Clippers on his shoulders. But sure, if Blake Griffin keeps this up and stays available, he’s my ROY. That award, less than most of the individual honors doled out each spring, doesn’t get bogged down by a team’s win-loss record. But John Wall doesn’t plan to sit out December through March, last I checked.
Art Garcia: Sounds like a column I once wrote. I’ve got Blake Griffin as the early leader, but weren’t we sold on Brandon Jennings at this point last year? John Wall is going to have something to say about this year’s rookie race, and considering the Wizards figure to dwell in the East’s cellar, I don’t believe a team’s record is going to be the decider factor.
Fran Blinebury: As Timofey Mozgov would say: Da, da, da! Until John Wall dunks over Vladimir Putin standing on a stack of “Das Kapital” first editions, the balloting is closed.
Scott Howard-Cooper: First, tell me how horrible the Wizards and how well John Wall are playing. If Blake Griffin plays at this level the entire season, yes, he will be very tough to beat. But it will also depend on team success. If the Clips are really bad and the Wiz are doing OK, and Wall has a big role on the gains in Washington, he will pick up votes.
Shaun Powell: Yes! Not all awards should be based on how your team does. This is one of them. Sometimes your team is just lousy or inflicted with bad luck, and asking a rookie to pull more than his weight is unfair. Of course, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird might beg to differ.
John Schuhmann: Have we already forgotten that lightning-quick point guard in Washington? The ROY race depends on John Wall’s health as much as it does on Blake Griffin’s. At this point, I don’t think Griffin has really separated himself from Wall, who’s also playing on a crummy team. It was thought to be a two-man race before the season started, and I still see it that way.
Sekou Smith: Since both the Clippers and Wizards will both view the playoffs in HD in their living rooms, there’s no need to worry about their records and what impact that could have on the Rookie of the Year campaigns of either Blake Griffin or John Wall. This is a two-man race down the wire. Griffin already has enough highlights to win the award, but there is a ton of season to be played before we can be sure that he, and not Wall, deserves the trophy. They are both dazzling in their own way, so I’m willing to sit back and enjoy more of the show before worrying about the vote.