Early on Grant Hill was the leading candidate in the race for Rookie of the Year. But with election day falling this week—media members must cast their votes by Friday, April 21—the contest has become a three-way battle between Hill, Milwaukee Buck forward Glenn Robinson (right, with Hill) and Dallas Maverick guard Jason Kidd, with Sacramento King forward Brian Grant and Washington Bullet forward Juwan Howard close behind. The race has taken on the feel of a Heisman Trophy campaign, with teams sending voters such promotional items as Jason Kidd masks and VOTE JUWAN T-shirts.
But no matter who wins, this year's rookie class will be remembered as one of the deepest ever, comparable to the 1992 group that included LaPhonso Ellis, Tom Gugliotta, Robert Horry, Jimmy Jackson, Christian Laettner, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal, Latrell Sprewell and Clarence Weatherspoon. Here's a look at this year's top candidates, by overall draft order (statistics through April 16).
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