Peers Predict Great Careers for Ennis and Warren

by Greg Esposito Columnist and Radio Postgame Host

August must be the month for surveys in the NBA. Tuesday it was talk of a fan survey naming the least liked teams in each state. Wednesday it is a slightly more sophisticated survey from the NBA Rookie Photoshoot. (Like we said, slightly more sophisticated.)

Each rookie from around the league was asked to share unfiltered thoughts on their new colleagues ranking them in various different subjects. The 38 players in attendance were not allowed to vote for themselves. The Suns two rookies seemed to be well liked by their peers.

T.J. Warren was popular among his fellow NBA freshman. He received eight votes in six of the 10 different categories in which players were asked about. The one in which he garnered the most votes? The category of “Which rookie will have the best career?” He finished in third with 8.1 percent of the vote behind Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker and Chicago’s Doug McDermott.

Warren Hangs and Hits

Tyler Ennis also got in on the act. He was voted the best rookie playmaker among the group. He received 24.3 percent of all votes in the category. Although it shouldn’t be particularly surprising as the Canadian point guard was known for his ability to create for his teammates while at Syracuse, averaging 3.24 assist-to-turnover ratio.

True, this is only an informal poll of guys ranging from 18 to 23 years old but it does carry some weight. Scouts, front offices, coaches and media can all have their opinions about league’s rookie class after watching them in person and on tape and they’re more than entitled to them. What makes this particular survey so interesting is it is coming from the guys that went head-to-head against each other on the court through AAU ball, camps, tournaments, all-star games and in college.

It takes a lot to earn the respect of your co-worker and competitors in any industry, especially one as highly contested as professional sports. That’s what makes any praise Warren and Ennis received particularly impressive.

If when it’s all said and done, if the Suns walk away with the third best player and top playmaker from vaunted draft class of 2014 Ryan McDonough and his staff will have more than done their job. You won’t even need a survey to tell you that.

(See all the survey results on over at courtesy of John Schuhmann.)