Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA’s All-Rookie team.
The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Both players helped their teams reach the second round of the playoffs.
The second team was guards Dennis Smith Jr. of Dallas and Lonzo Ball of the Lakers, Atlanta forward John Collins, Sacramento guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and Phoenix forward Josh Jackson.
The addition of guard Zach Fulton should help the offensive line, but they still have the worst tackle situation in the league. Taking a flier on safety Tyrann Mathieu and signing Jacksonville slotback Aaron Colvin to play full-time cornerback could pan out, but they aren’t the safest bets.
Rarely do we see a team go from 4-12 to a top-three finish in the AFC, like these odds imply, much less after not making a pick in the first two rounds of the draft.
“It is what it is,” Williams said, via Eric Williams of ESPN.com. “Even when you’re doing good, you’re going to have haters. Haters are going to hate. Somebody has to hate on you to keep you going. So I appreciate all the haters. But Mike Williams is going to be on top next year, and they’re going to be on the bandwagon. So we are going to take it like that.”
The Chargers led the league in passing yards despite Williams’ limited contributions and most of the key players from that attack are back this year. That means Williams won’t be guaranteed anything come September unless he makes it impossible for the Chargers to resist putting him in a prominent role.
According to oddsmakers, the San Francisco 49ers are more likely to make the Super Bowl than the Jacksonville Jaguars, who lost by four points in the AFC Championship Game last season. Mind you, this 49ers team started off 0-9 last season before the midseason trade of Jimmy Garoppolo pushed San Francisco to a 6-1 finish.
A quality quarterback should give a team optimism, but would you take Garoppolo over Matt Ryan, whose Atlanta Falcons have worse odds to win the Super Bowl? If not, it makes little sense why the 49ers would be thought of as an elite team.