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Deandre Ayton And Luka Doncic Are The Early Betting Favorites For The 2018-19 Rookie Of The Year Award


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After a highly entertaining 2018 NBA Draft, the next crop of potential stars will be hitting the floor soon with Summer League on the horizon. Before the soon-to-be rookies ever take in the floor in their respective uniforms, however, it is already possible to wager on the winner of the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year award.

Online bookmaker Bovada.lv released odds for the award on Friday morning and, unsurprisingly, Suns center Deandre Ayton is the early leader at 13-to-5. The No. 1 overall pick has the physicality and skills to be effective (and, more importantly for award purposes, highly productive) at the next level and Ayton will have every opportunity to shine with the decks cleared in Phoenix’s frontcourt.

Elsewhere, the Mavericks boast the second-leading favorite in Luka Doncic, just hours after acquiring him in a draft night trade with the Hawks. Doncic doesn’t profile as a dominant scorer immediately but his passing acumen should lead to a number of assists and he is big enough to stuff the stat sheet from a rebounding perspective. From there, the odds reflect Kings big man Marvin Bagley III and Hawks guard Trae Young as the closest competition, with other intriguing first-year players falling in line after that.

Full odds are below but, for the degenerates among us, there is plenty of time to fire away and speculate wildly.

Deandre Ayton 13/5
Luka Doncic 3/1
Marvin Bagley 9/2
Trae Young 7/1
Jaren Jackson Jr 9/1
Mohamed Bamba 11/1
Kevin Knox 15/1
Michael Porter Jr 15/1
Mikal Bridges 22/1
Collin Sexton 22/1
Miles Bridges 28/1
Wendell Carter Jr 28/1
Donte DiVincenzo 40/1
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 40/1
Zhaire Smith 45/1
Lonnie Walker 50/1
Robert Williams 50/1

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