This year's NBA Entry Draft saw a number of strong players and potential franchise difference-makers picked in the top ten and the debate has already begun as to who the favorites are to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. The oddsmakers believe EuroLeague MVP, Luak Doncic has the early lead.
Followed closely by Phoenix Suns' first-overall selection DeAndre Ayton and second-overall selection Marvin Bagley III, Doncic is Odds Shark's pick, but as players show their stuff during their team's respective Summer League games, the odds are sure to change.
Updated odds to be NBA Rookie of the Year (@betonline_ag):— OddsShark (@OddsShark) July 10, 2018
Jackson Jr. +800
Porter Jr. +1000
Carter Jr. +2000
Mik. Bridges +2500
Mil. Bridges +2500
While Odds Sharks rankings mean little in terms of actual NBA results, the service offers favorites and underdogs on every possible bet imaginable. From where Carmelo Anthony will land after he leaves Oklahoma City, NHL Stanley Cup favorites, to who will win the UFC battle between Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier, the odds fluctuate with every little piece of news that surfaces and gamblers have a blast trying to keep up with the athletes who allow them to get a little more involved in the sport they follow. For the NBA, the Rookie of the Year Award is a yearly favorite.
On Tuesday, Atlanta Hawks guard and recently drafted prospect Trae Young went off for seven three-pointers in a Summer League game — an accomplishment that is sure to see his odds improve. Meanwhile, Doncic has yet to suit up for the Mavericks and the anticipation of his exit from Real Madrid and to the NBA will likely leave him near or at the top of the board, only getting better with strong showings against other NBA-caliber talents.
While Young is expected to show flashes of brilliance, Doncic is expected to be the most NBA-ready and consistent prospect to come out of this year's draft. He averaged 12.5 points and 4.7 assists in Liga ACB and 16.0 points and 4.3 assists in 33 EuroLeague appearances. Meanwhile, Ayton is worthy of strong consideration. The new Suns' center averaged 20.1 points 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in his only season with the Arizona Wildcats.
The NBA 2018-19 season will begin in October and whether it's Doncic, Ayton or someone else, a number of these rookies are sure to be integral players in their organization's futures.