Ryan Knuppel  |  Wed 22nd Aug   | NBA

With NBA training camp looming, now is the time to start looking at the Rookie of the Year candidates with the best odds. Read below for more.

Luke Doncic (+350)

After a tremendous career in Europe, the young Doncic steps into the NBA spotlight, ready to shine bright. After being drafted by the Hawks, he was traded to the Mavericks, and now it’s time to go. He’s a tremendous playmaker, who can play a number of positions.

Doncic has the ability to be a great point guard and ball handler, and can also shoot from the outside. Shooting guard is a likely spot for him, next to Dennis Smith Jr. He’s got the best odds because he is the most talented player. He’s got a great shot at the award.

Doncic was asked about playing in the league, and he made it pretty simple:

” I am just happy to be in the NBA”

DeAndre Ayton (+375)

On his way to Phoenix, Ayton could be the Suns best big man since they had Amar’e Stoudemire. He’s an elite rim protector, and phenomenal in the post. Being selected #1 usually comes with a ton of pressure, but because of how dynamic the rookie class is, there is less on Ayton.

With Tyson Chandler still in Phoenix, he has a great mentor to help him out as he gets started in the pros. Ayton could be the next Karl-Anthony Towns in the sense that he immediately becomes a walking double-double. Ayton has a good chance.

Collin Sexton (+750)

Aside from Trae Young, Sexton may have the most opportunity in his first year. Taking over as the new point guard for the Cavs, and one of the top guys with LeBron now gone, Collin Sexton is ready. He had a standout career at Alabama, which included a game where he and two other players nearly helped the team win a full half of 3-on-5.

He’s a sharpshooter and his passing is also something to look at. Sexton, should he be given the starting spot from day one, he will be putting up major numbers immediately. Love and Sexton could combine to take the Cavs into the playoffs.

Kevin Knox (+750)

When he was drafted, many Knicks fans were questioning the move. That change pretty quickly when we saw how dynamic he was in Summer League. Knox is a versatile player who can play either forward spot, and knock down the jumper. He was taken before Mikal Bridges and Michael Porter Jr., which is why most of the negativity was present.

Knox is due for a big year, especially with Kristaps Porzingis out for the foreseeable future. He is going to be a PROBLEM for the rest of the league, starting with his rookie year. It’s looking good for KK.

Full NBA Rookie of the Year Betting Odds

The NBA Rookie of the Year Betting Odds are as of August 22nd, and come from MyBookie.

  • Luka Doncic +350
  • Deandre Ayton +375
  • Collin Sexton +750
  • Kevin Knox +750
  • Marvin Bagley +900
  • Jaren Jackson Jr +1100
  • Trae Young +1100
  • Wendell Carter Jr +1500
  • Mohamed Bamba +1800
  • De’Anthony Melton +2000
  • Michael Porter Jr +2200
  • Lonnie Walker +2500
  • Harry Giles +2500
  • Mikal Bridges +4000
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander +4000
  • Miles Bridges +4000
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