Bennedict Mathurin: NBA Rookie of the Year?

Bennedict Mathurin: NBA Rookie of the Year?


Montrealer Bennedict Mathurin doesn't suffer from any complex: the young prospect of the Indiana Pacers is aiming for nothing less than the title of rookie of the year in the NBA.&nbsp ;

“Totally, it's really realistic”, he replied, without even hesitating, when asked if this prestigious title was among his objectives.

“My confidence is an important part of who I am, then recognized Mathurin, who was available to the media via a virtual press briefing organized by the NBA, Thursday afternoon. My goal is to have a great year as a rookie, make an impact and establish myself in the team.

Aged 20, Mathurin was selected sixth overall in the most recent draft, becoming the earliest Quebec basketball player in NBA history. First called of this vintage, Paolo Banchero, of the Orlando Magic, is obviously favored to become the best recruit of the 2022-2023 season. Mathurin has nevertheless already shown great things in the uniform of the Pacers, in July, during the “Summer League”.

“My three-point shot is one of my strengths and also my defense” , added the product of the Arizona State University Wildcats, asked to identify what could lead him to success in his first NBA campaign.

After the preparatory schedule for the next few weeks, Mathurin and the Pacers are scheduled to open their regular season on Wednesday, October 19 in Indianapolis against the Washington Wizards.

The best of himself

The confidence displayed by the Montrealer is commendable. This is what helped him to reach such a level. It is clear that the title of rookie of the year nevertheless has its share of stars among the former recipients. Last year, Scottie Barnes of the Toronto Raptors won, while the only athlete from Canada to have already won the honor is Andrew Wiggins at the end of the 2014-2015 season. Mathurin knows he can also be part of the elite.

“I want to be the best player I can be, I want to have an impact from the first game and we will see if I can be the best in the team,” continued Mathurin.

In the same breath, the young man from Montreal North, however, took care to describe the chemistry that is slowly developing with the rising star of the Pacers, Tyrese Haliburton, who is 22 years old.

“Tyrese is a good person,” he said. We're here to help each other out and push each other to be better.”

Mathurin also noted the good relationship he has with head coach Rick Carlisle.< /p>

“We are on the same wavelength and I told him never to hesitate to come and tell me what he has to tell me, mentioned the Quebecer. I want to learn.”

Sad anniversary

Bennedict Mathurin will be back in training with the Pacers on Friday. Again, he will strive to be the best player he can be. On this day of September 30, he will possibly push his limits even further thinking of his late brother Dominique.

“It will be eight years since I lost my brother and I know that he has always wanted to be in the NBA himself, he recalled, of the man who died at age 15 when hit by a car while riding his bicycle. We have training tomorrow (Friday) and I'm going to give my all while thinking of him… I'm going to have fun too.”