Forecast: 2015-16 rookie of the year

We've covered how each team in the East and West will finish. Now our panel takes a stab at which first-year player will have the best start to his professional career.

We asked the ESPN Forecast team to rank its top three choices for the 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year, with a first-place vote receiving five points, a second-place vote receiving three and a third-place vote receiving one. (Here's how ESPN Forecast works.)

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Rookie of the year projections

1. Karl-Anthony Towns
Minnesota Timberwolves | Center
First-place votes: 11
Total points: 87

2. Jahlil Okafor
Philadelphia 76ers | Center
First-place votes: 9
Total points: 71

3. Emmanuel Mudiay
Nuggets | Point guard
First-place votes: 8
Total points: 56

4. D'Angelo Russell
Lakers | Point guard
First-place votes: 4
Total points: 51

5. Justise Winslow
Heat | Shooting guard
First-place votes: 0
Total points: 12

Others receiving votes: Myles Turner (Pacers) 3, Mario Hezonja (Magic) 3, Willie Cauley-Stein (Kings) 1, Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks) 1, Devin Booker (Suns) 1, Stanley Johnson (Pistons) 1.

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