JOSEPH ZUCKER: Per Bleacher Report 

MAY 17, 2019

The NBA unveiled the finalists for the 2019 Rookie of the Year award Friday: Dallas Mavericks swingman Luka Doncic, Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young and Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton.

Doncic is the favorite after averaging 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 72 appearances for the Mavs.

Young made a late charge. He averaged 24.7 points and 9.2 assists per game while shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc after the All-Star break, turning what had been a runaway for Doncic into a tight race.

Ayton had a solid campaign that was mostly overshadowed by the Suns’ internal dysfunction and 19-63 record. The No. 1 overall draft pick posted 16.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game in 71 appearances.