Ja Still Rules the NBA Rookie of the Year Odds
While the entire basketball world is grieving the loss of an icon, the next wave of star NBA players are set to make their mark. The hysteria that is “Zion” has finally made his debut on the world stage. Oh the debut it has been. Zion has dominated headlines and highlight reels, but Memphis Grizzlies standout Ja Morant is still the leader in the rookie of the year clubhouse.
Morant has been on a tear, absolutely lighting up the league in 2020. He’s certainly made his mark, as if he heard all the noise behind his former AAU teammate. Morant has been the key factor behind a Grizzlies resurgence. Behind his greatness the team is ahead of schedule and currently sits 8th in a stacked Western Conference.
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Why Ja Morant Has Separated Himself in the NBA Rookie of the Year Odds Race
Ja has been brilliant to begin the new decade, averaging 17.6 ppg, 8.5 apg, and 1.5 steals per game thus far. His spectacular vision, strong shooting, and confidence has accelerated the Grizzlies timeline. While winning the Western Conference Rookie of the Year for January, Morant has swept the award thus far this season.
Morant’s phenomenal play was the reason the Grizzlies had their best record for a calendar month in years. He led the team to an 11-4 record in the month of January, tying for the best record in the Western Conference. The team is now fully established as playoff contenders.
Ultimately, with his odds seemingly getting lower, the books are admitting it is unlikely for anyone to pass Morant. The former Murray State Racer’s efficiency has improved month after month. He finished January shooting over 50% from the field, while producing a 115 offensive rating. Those numbers are off the charts for any player, even more so from a rookie. He truly has become one of the best point guards in the NBA, and is much watch television on any given night.
Hedge any bet you make the rest of the field by putting some money down on Morant. Zion who?