If the Phoenix Suns thought they got a hidden gem by selecting T.J. Warren 14th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, don’t consider the pick a surprise move from the perspective of Warren’s 2014 classmates.
Per the yearly ritual, the NBA rookie transition program included a rookie survey, and Warren got a good deal of credit from his peers by being picked as the third-most likely player to have the best NBA career. Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker got an overwhelming 45.9 percent of the votes, Chicago Bulls forward Doug McDermott earned 13.5 percent of the votes and Warren earned 8.1 percent. The confidence in Warren was greater than both Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins, who each earned 5.4 percent of the vote in a fourth-place tie.
The Suns’ T.J. Warren gets the “Jack of all trades, master of none” award for this Rookie Survey. He got eight total votes, but in six different categories, with this being the only question he got multiple votes on. Only No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins also got votes on six different questions.
Fellow Suns rookie Tyler Ennis also got a nod, being picked as the best playmaker in his rookie class by earning 24.3 percent of the vote from the 38 rookies polled, just ahead of Spurs forward Kyle Anderson’s 18.9 percent.