Barnes has emerged as one of the early-season front-runners to win the award after a spectacular start with the Raptors. He is averaging 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals through 12 games played. He leads all rookies in scoring, rebounding and field goals made.
The quick start by Barnes has garnered plenty of attention from around the league. Hall of Famer Jason Kidd has been impressed by Barnes while he also recently drew high praise from Steve Nash after facing the Brooklyn Nets.
Barkley has also seemingly jumped on the Barnes bandwagon.
Barnes has made a tremendous impact in a short time in the league. He constantly validates the Raptors’ decision to take him with the fourth overall pick and has proven the team can have success when he has productive games.
He has drawn high praise from several coaches and players around the league, and that should escalate as he plays and develops more with the Raptors.