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NBA Rookie of the Year Best Bets

NBA Rookie of the Year Best Bets

NBA Rookie of the Year Props

In today's age, hype gets easily out of control. That's what happens when nearly every kid has a smartphone, a social media account, and unlimited Internet. 

Sometimes hype is just hype but this year's draft class proves to be a remarkable one with plenty of special talent going as far as the end of the first round. With this super stack of rookies, it's tough to find the short list for NBA Rookie of the Year. But hype is the best place to start.

Lonzo Ball is quite possibly the most hyped rookie in Los Angeles since a guy named Kobe. The Californian gets to stay at home and play for the NBA's most storied franchise. Vegas lined him at +300 as Rookie of the Year just behind the Sixers' Ben Simmons (+200), who was the first overall pick last season but sat out due to injury. While Simmons has all the talent to be a superstar, the presence of this year's first overall pick in Markelle Fultz (+800) may just cut into his chances.

Ball has both the scoring and playmaking to make him the talk of the league even while playing with fellow first-round pick sensation Kyle Kuzma. The 6'6" guard tore up the Summer League earning MVP honours averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.5 steals. With D'Angelo Russell gone and a bevy of talented veterans and young stars, Ball is set to lead Tinseltown back to their glory days.   

Here are other notable rookies worth keeping an eye out for.


Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks)

Odds to Win: +500

Smith is a legitimate threat to win Rookie of the Year provided coach Rick Carlisle doesn't put him in the doghouse. The ninth overall pick earned All-Summer League first team honours posting 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game in just 26 minutes of action.

Seth Curry and Yogi Ferrell are decent guards but DSJ is a complete package boasting raw athleticism and quickness and his one weakness - his intangibles - will be remedied by playing under one of the NBA's best coaches. 


Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)

Odds to Win: +1600

Mitchell is a dark horse pick because of his sky-high ceiling. As far as prolific scoring is concerned, Mitchell is waiting to explode like dropping 37 points against the Grizzlies in the Summer league. He averaged 25.3 points and 3.3 steals a game with the Jazz in the preseason. 

Though he's a bit unpolished and fighting with the likes of Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson for his position, all Mitchell needs is the coach's trust and a bit of fire and he'll light the league up. Expect occasional scoring outbursts from the former Cardinal. 


Milos Teodosic (Los Angeles Clippers)

Odds to Win: +1800

The odds are stacked against the unlikely rookie. No undrafted player has ever won the coveted award and only two foreign players (Andrew Wiggins in 2015 and Pau Gasol in 2002) have won. But few rookies come like Teodosic who is already 30 with over a decade's experience playing against top-level competition. Think of a more polished Ricky Rubio.

The former EuroLeague MVP will have plenty of minutes with the Clippers alongside former EuroLeague teammate Patrick Beverley. Whether he's starting or coming off the bench, Teodosic should get enough playing time to showcase his skills making him a sleeper candidate. 


John Collins (Atlanta Hawks)

Odds To Win: +3300

If style points was the only criteria for Rookie of the Year, Collins would be up there with Ball and Simmons. The 19th overall pick will inherit a big brunt of the Hawks' frontcourt duties with both Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap gone.

Collins is raw but showed flashes in the Las Vegas Summer League.

The Wake Forest standout averaged 15.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game on 59.3 percent shooting earning him First Team All-Summer League honours. An invite to the dunk contest is also expected as the 6'9" forward posterized the poor shmucks who dared meet him at the rim.   


NBA Betting Lines

What's great about the NBA is the countless things to enjoy besides the fast-paced game of basketball. Looking out for the next superstar or the next team on the rise is a fun hobby. Canadians are huge basketball fans and turn to the best online sportsbooks, which all offer signup bonuses for new players. Picking games straight-up is one way to play but making predictions with prop bets could be an even more lucrative opportunity.

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