PER Diem: March 13, 2009

Lopez, Gasol the more deserving pair for Rookie of the Year consideration

Originally Published: March 12, 2009
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

This is a weird, weird year for Rookie of the Year candidates.

From the beginning, we've been sold two names: Derrick Rose and O.J. Mayo. Throughout the first half of the season, that made perfect sense, since they were playing a lot more than most of their rookie cohorts and each got off to a very strong start.

But of late, a funny thing has happened. Rose and Mayo still are the two hot names, with two other up-and-comers (Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon) also earning mentions ...

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