By: Nick Holz
Kendrick Nunn is Throwing a Wrench in Everyone’s Rookie of the Year Plans
Following a stint in the NBA’s developmental league, or G-League, Miami Heat rookie Kendrick Nunn has flashed onto the scene and made his mark. The 24-year-old former undrafted player out of Illinois has sparked the
Miami Heat to an early surge in the standings and thrust himself directly in the NBA Rookie of the Year race. Nunn leads all rookie scorers with averages of 16.5 points on nearly 48% shooting. Nunn’s odds now sit at +700, just below the top contenders. Bet on Kendrick Nunn, the undrafted free agent who could flip the Rookie of the Year race on its head.
The Golden State Warriors are experiencing their worst season in a decade, sending shockwaves throughout the league. Long term injuries to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have opened the door for others to shine. The 41st pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Eric Paschall has burst through and taken the opportunity. The forward from Villanova has carved out a role for himself with the floundering Warriors.
Paschall is currently averaging 17 points a game while shooting 50% from the field. He’s been unable to help his team win games so far, but with his team’s stars on the shelf for the foreseeable future, has the opportunity to grow as the season rolls along. Paschall is a currently a long shot to win the NBA Rookie of the Year but has entered the fray at +1200. He could easily make bettors look like geniuses later in the NBA season.
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The NBA is Going International and So Too Might the NBA Rookie of the Year Odds
In Washington, the Wizards have fielded the NBA’s first Japanese player ever taken in the first round. Ninth overall selection Rui Hachimura has the look of a steady contributor on a Wizards squad desperately needing support from their front court. Rui has started strong in D.C. with a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double in his debut. The 6’8, 230-pound power forward has the look of a long time NBA player.
He already has three games of 20+ points this year, and with a few more strong performances could make a compelling case for rookie of the year. His odds have just been listed at +1600, keep an eye on Rui Hachimura’s betting line as the season progresses. He could become the ultimate upset NBA Rookie of the Year winner.