NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

nba rookie of the year

nba rookie of the year

  1. LUKA DONCIC, G/F, Dallas Mavericks (-333)

Barring an injury or some unforeseen demise, Luka Doncic will likely be your 2018-2019 NBA Rookie of the Year. Doncic, the reigning Western Conference Rookie of the month, is only 19 years of age, yet looks like a ten-year vet on the court. Doncic does a little bit of everything, averaging an impressive line of 18.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists on the season. As good as Doncic has been on the season, he has managed to elevate his play over the month of December. Since the start of the month, Doncic has averaged 21.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.3 assists in games that he has registered more than 27 minutes. That includes a game against Houston, which Doncic went on a personal 11-0 run against the whole Rocket team. While Doncic’s talent is enough on it’s own to separate him from the rest of the rookies on this list, what he’s doing for his team in the win column is what should make him the clear favorite amongst all the best betting sites. Doncic’s Mavericks are a 0.5 game out of the 8th spot in the West, and their 15 wins on the season is more than both Ayton’s Suns (6 wins) and Young’s Hawks (6 wins) have combined. 

  1. DeAndre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns (+400)

Ayton, the first overall pick in this past year’s NBA Draft, has walked straight into the league and has been a walking double-double since day one. Ayton’s rookie leading 17 double-doubles is nearly two times that of the next best player (Trae Young – 9) on the list. Ayton, averaging 15+/10+ on the season, has had lots of opportunities to develop his game this year on a dreadful Sun’s team building for the future. It’s clear Ayton is a building block for the Sun’s franchise going forward, but he certainly isn’t a finished project. Ayton, who was benched earlier this week for a game, must improve on using his size to his advantage. He draws fouls on only 7.4% of his shots, which is 18th amongst bigs. Ayton also has questions surrounding his defensive presence, but his consistent statistical output will keep Ayton in the ROY race, despite the Suns lack of team success.

  1. Trae Young, G, Atlanta Hawks (+900)

Trae Young was the most polarizing prospect coming out of this past year’s draft class, and continues to be an intriguing player. Young has flashed his court stretching range at times this season, but he hasn’t been as efficient of a shooter as many may have hoped coming out of college. Young is shooting .378% from the field, which ranks 27th amongst all rookies with at least 80 FG attempts.  Young, who is averaging 15+ ppg despite his shooting struggles, has excelled as a passer in his rookie season. He has registered ten dimes in his past three games, and ranks tops amongst all rookies in assists, and its not even close. His 7.2 apg is 2.6 apg more than the second ranked rookie, Doncic. Young will continue to put up “SportsCenter Top 10” moments throughout his rookie season, but until he becomes more efficient as a scorer, he can’t be thought of as a top-tier ROY contender.