2020 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

The Best NBA Rookie of the Year Odds the first rookie to have his NBA debut be as anticipated as LeBron James.

Zion Williamson’s one season at Duke University carried with it all the publicity and media attention of LeBron James final days in high school.  Seeing Duke play with Zion in the lineup was must see TV (just ask former president Barack Obama who attended Duke vs. North Carolina) and turned Duke haters into fans for one season.

Because of this hype, it should be no surprise that Zion Williamson is the heavy favorite (-150) to win NBA Rookie of the Year, but this is a draft class with several rookies who can make an immediate impact this season.

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The Case For Zion Williamson as the NBA Rookie of the Year

As touched upon earlier, Zion Williamson is a transcendent talent. Just like LeBron, basketball fans have been following his career from an early age. Williamson was a YouTube sensation for his devastating dunks and jaw dropping blocks, it shouldn’t have been much of a surprise to see this style of play continue when he played at Duke.

As is the case with many individual awards, popularity is what fuels your chances to win. There is no other rookie in this class that will receive the media attention like Zion Williamson. Zion is also going to a very young Pelicans roster that just traded away the best player in team history. The opportunity for Zion to not only be a notable rookie, but the undisputable leader of a team, is one of several reasons why you would actually need to risk more money than you would win if you believe he will win NBA Rookie of the Year.

Mar 8, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) in action against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

If there is anything that can change drastically alter the NBA Rookie of the Year odds, it would be Zion Williamson’s health.  While at Duke, Williamson sprained his knee following the Nike shoe explosion heard round the world.  There have also been concerns that he is simply too big right now for the wear and tear of an 82-game season.

Should an injury occur, Williamson’s quest to be the Rookie of the Year may become much more daunting, as that is the same thing that spoiled Joel Embiid’s quest for the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year award.

The Case For Anyone Else as the NBA Rookie of the Year

While Zion was far and away the most decorated rookie to enter the Association this year, he’s not the only one with a great deal of talent.

Memphis Grizzlies rookie point guard Ja Morant (+400 to win NBA ROY) figures to have his say in the race.  The 2nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is coming off a stellar season at Murray State where he averaged 18.7 points per game and 8 assists as a sophomore, capped off with an NCAA Tournament victory over Marquette.  Morant is widely considered as the best point guard in this class, and like Zion he was a human highlight reel in college with an incredible skillset.

Zion Williamson’s teammate R.J. Barrett (+450) is another name to keep an eye on, as the Knicks are expected to be nothing short of terrible, leaving Barrett with ample opportunity to leave an impression on Rookie of the Year voters.

Barrett has drawn comparisons to Rockets star guard James Harden and has talent that seemed to be somewhat constrained by the style of college basketball.  In the NBA, Barrett figures to have a lot more space to work with, and he should gradually bloom into a dangerous scoring threat on a team with practically zero aspirations for a championship.

Other sleepers to keep an eye on include Cavs guard Darius Garland (+1400), Bulls point guard Coby White (+2000) and Hawks forward De’Andre Hunter (+2000).  A possible super sleeper for you to take a shot at is Heat sharpshooter Tyler Herro (+6300), who looked absolutely sensational in the NBA Summer League.

If you’re looking to take a shot at a Ben Simmons type situation where a rookie missed an entire season from injury then won the ROY award in their 2nd season, Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (+1400) would fit that line of thinking.

As is the case with anything in the NBA futures market, be sure to pay attention to the ebbs and flows of an 82-game season.  You never know when the futures bet you covet will hit that sweet spot in value.

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