With the second half of the 2020-21 NBA regular season already underway, it is a great time to look at where the NBA Rookie of the Year odds stand heading into April. Before the NBA All-Star break, it seemed as if Charlotte Hornets rookie point guard LaMelo Ball was running away with the award.
However, Ball suffered a wrist injury, which might sideline him for the rest of the season. If that’s the case, then the Rookie of the Year race could become tighter between first overall pick Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Tyrese Haliburton of Sacramento Kings. We’ll break down who is currently in the lead for the award, along with the top-three candidates. All odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
NBA Rookie of the Year Odds
Heading into the final two months of the regular season, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards is the favorite to win the ROY award at -139 odds. Edwards has been the T’Wolves’ second-best player behind Karl-Anthony Towns. The former University of Georgia standout is averaging 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. Despite Edwards’ shooting percentages being low at 38.6% from the field and 30.8% from three-point range, he’s had a couple of memorable moments and performances this season.
Ball, who was the frontrunner for the award, is sitting in second with +175 odds. Right now, the Hornets are still in the thick of the playoff race and have a chance to win the Southeast division outright. Ball has played a tremendous role in the Hornets resurgence this season and has made them competitive. If the third overall pick can come back before the season ends, he can swing things back into his favor. Lastly, Haliburton is picking steam in the MVP and who had super long shot odds to win the Rookie of the Year award.
The rookie combo guard is averaging 13.2 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game. He’s also shooting 48.7% from the field and 42.3% from three-point range on 5.2 attempts per game. The former Iowa State standout has started the last eight games for the Kings, where he’s averaging 15.8 points, 4.5 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game. He’s also shooting 51.1% from the field and 42.5% from the field. While Edwards and Ball are the more known commodities, do not sleep on Haliburton. The Kings are giving themselves a chance to at least be in the play-in tournament. If they can do that and Haliburton continues to play well, then there’s a shot for him to win the award.
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