The class includes three heralded rookies — Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons — that will suit up for the Philadelphia 76ers. Embiid could have been the No. 1 pick in 2014, Simmons was the No. 1 pick this year, and Saric comes with experience in Europe. But none of the three are the pick for Kia Rookie of the Year, according to their classmates. Instead, it’s No. 5 pick Kris Dunn, who more rookies feel is in position to take home the hardware. He’d be the Minnesota Timberwolves’ third straight Kia Rookie of the Year award winner (following behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins) if they’re right.
Three-time gold medalist and four-time Olympian Carmelo Anthony is one of five candidates for the USOC Male Athlete of the Olympic Games. Anthony averaged 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in eight games. Track and field’s Matthew Centrowitz, BMX cycler Connor Fields, wrestling’s Kyle Snyder, and swimming’s Michael Phelps are the other candidates
The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice will honor Thunder vice president/general manager Sam Presti at its 2016 Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Sept. 6 at the Skirvin Hilton in downtown Oklahoma City. During Presti’s tenure as Thunder GM, players have made more than 1,600 community appearances in Oklahoma. Presti, 39, has also contributed to state-wide programs and served on the board of numerous community organizations.