Odds to Win Rookie of The Year- NBA
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers (+150)
Ben Simmons was drafted last year with the number one overall pick by the 76ers. He didn’t see a single minute of action during the season due to an injury. At LSU he averaged 19.2 PPG and 4.8 APG. Simmons also has great size, he’s listed at 6’10”. During his time at LSU he drew comparisons to LeBron James, though he’s not quite there yet he’s very athletic and he can score inside and out.
Lonzo Ball, LA Lakers (+350)
Lonzo Ball was drafted with the second overall pick this year by the Lakers. Lonzo is a PG who can do it all. At UCLA he averaged 14.6 PPG, 6 RPG, and 7.6 APG. He almost averaged a triple-double in the NBA Summer League. We know a lot of those guys won’t make an NBA roster, but the numbers are still impressive. A lot of players will be gunning for Lonzo because of his father, LaVar Ball’s mouth. That being said, Lonzo will be a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.
Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas Mavericks (+500)
If you haven’t seen Dennis Smith Jr. play, you’re missing out. He’s probably one of the most explosive players that came out of the draft. He’s a great passer and cuts to the rim well with no problem putting defenders on a poster. At NC State he averaged 18.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, and 6.2 RPG. The Dallas Mavericks need strong PG play to have any success this year and Dennis Smith Jr. will definitely give that to them.
Markelle Fultz, Philadelphia 76ers (+900)
Markelle Fultz is going into a great situation in Philadelphia after being drafted with the first pick in this years NBA draft. Philadelphia has a great young core of players, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, which will help Fultz transition into the NBA. Fultz plays well in pick and roll situations, which will put him in a position to thrive alongside Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor. While at Washington, Fultz averaged 23.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 5.9 APG. The one downside for Markelle Fultz is a lot of votes will also go to his teammate Ben Simmons.
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics (+900)
Jayson Tatum has a revamped lineup in Boston with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. They will get a lot of the touches, which should allow Tatum to cut to the rim or get a lot of one on one situations. Tatum has the ability to create his own shot and is arguably the most ready NBA player coming out of the draft. Tatum will be a tough cover in the NBA with all the attention on Kyrie and Hayward.
De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings (+1600)
De’Aaron Fox knows how to use his quickness to get to the rim and finish in the lane. He’s shown his great passing ability and even his ability to play defense. Fox averaged 16.7 PPG on a loaded Kentucky team. He also carried Kentucky to victories during March Madness on both ends of the floor.
Josh Jackson, Phoenix Suns (+1600)
Josh Jackson is a great scorer but he can be inconsistent at times. Jackson is a great athlete who can get to the rim and create for himself. Jackson can also be a great defender when he wants to. He’ll be able to play SG or SF in the NBA.
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (+2000)
Donovan Mitchell is a very explosive player and solid passer. He’s a player that plays both ends of the court, which you don’t find too often in today’s NBA. He won All-ACC Defensive Team honors at Louisville. Mitchell is ready for the NBA and will definitely impress in his first season.