NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: Ball Early Favorite

LaMelo Ball (+400) landed in an ideal situation for Rookie of the Year candidacy, on the identity and expectation-less Charlotte Hornets.

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NBA Rookie of the Year odds have hit the board with the 2020 NBA Draft now complete. As the NBA weaves through a turbulent and truncated offseason, the flock of first-year imports will have to adjust to the big leagues without the typical Summer League warm-up.

Let’s dive into the early NBA ROY odds, as we get set for what promises to be another very unique NBA season.

Who is the Favorite to Win NBA Rookie of the Year?

No. 3-overall pick LaMelo Ball sits as the early favorite to win Rookie of the Year at +400.

Of the Top-3 prospects – who largely separated themselves from the rest of the draft class – Ball absolutely landed in the best spot for ROY purposes, on the identity-less Charlotte Hornets.

Ball will get all the touches and opportunity he can handle, giving him plenty of chances to flash his transcendent playmaking, while also developing his scoring touch against NBA-level defense. There will be some bumps in the road, but he’ll put up big numbers, which usually fuel a Rookie of the Year candidate, regardless of efficiency.

Second on the odds board is the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards. Edwards, the draft’s first overall pick, is seen as an NBA-ready scorer, but won’t benefit from the free reign Ball will have in Charlotte. The Wolves will be aiming to compete in 2021, driven by Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell, and rookie touches may be harder to come by with expectations rising.

Tied for third on the odds board are the Golden State Warriors’ James Wiseman and the New York Knicks’ Obi Toppin at +600. Wiseman is in a precarious situation for a rookie, currently the only natural center on Golden State’s roster. In picking Wiseman – their best fit – the Warriors seem less likely to trade the pick, meaning Wiseman will be suiting up for a would-be contender, a status further complicated by Klay Thompson’s season-ending Achilles tear.

Toppin, the reigning Wooden and Naismith Awards winner, will have plenty of opportunity with the barren Knicks, but will have to navigate in what’s been the NBA’s most toxic environment for most of the past two decades. He’ll also possibly need to do so without a traditional playmaker, as New York’s point guard spot is currently an utter mess.

Rounding out the Top 5 is Killian Hayes of the Detroit Pistons at +700. Hayes, just 19 years old, is considered a bit of a raw project, but has solid enough fundamentals to have topped some mock drafts, and will likely be handed the keys to a Pistons squad on the verge of a full teardown.

Odds to Win NBA Rookie of the Year

Player Odds to Win Rooke of the Year (Nov 20)
LaMelo Ball +400
Anthony Edwards +450
Obi Toppin +600
James Wiseman +600
Killian Hayes +700
Deni Avidja +1,400
Tyrese Haliburton +1,400
Onyeka Okongwu +1,600
Isaac Okoro +1,600
Kira Lewis Jr. +3,300
Patrick Williams +3,300
RJ Hampton +5,000
Aleksej Pokusevski +5,000
Immanuel Quickley +5,000
Devin Vassell +5,000
Precious Achiuwa +6,000
Cole Anthony +6,000
Malachi Flynn +6,000
Josh Green +6,000
Tyrese Maxey +6,000
Jalen Smith +6,000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Understanding NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. As last season progressed, with Ja Morant having been a huge favorite, his odds had a minus (-) sign ahead of the number:

  • Ja Morant -500

This means that a bettor needs to wager $500 to win $100. Other candidates with worse odds would have a plus (+) sign ahead of the number. Early in the season, before any clear favorite is established, betting options will be listed as such:

  • Zion Williamson +650

Here, a bettor stands to profit $650 for every $100 wagered.

If American odds aren’t your thing, simply use our odds converter to switch the odds to decimal or fractional format. Most online sportsbooks also give you the option to change the odds format that you see.

NBA Rookie of the Year History

Year NBA ROY Winner
2019-20 Ja Morant
2018-19 Luka Doncic
2017-18 Ben Simmons
2016-17 Malcolm Brogdon
2015-16 Karl-Anthony Towns
2014-15 Andrew Wiggins
2013-14 Michael Carter-Williams
2012-13 Damian Lillard
2011-12 Kyrie Irving
2010-11 Blake Griffin
2009-10 Tyreke Evans
2008-09 Derrick Rose
2007-08 Kevin Durant
2006-07 Brandon Roy
2005-06 Chris Paul
2004-05 Emeka Okafor
2003-04 LeBron James
2001-02 Pau Gasol
2000-01 Mike Miller
1999-00 Steve Francis, Elton Brand

Where Can I Bet on NBA Rookie of the Year Odds?

Most online sportsbooks will offer NBA futures odds on who will win the Rookie of the Year for the next season. Check out our top online sportsbooks listings for the most trusted books in your area.

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