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  • While we await the official awarding of ROY, Ja Morant is now the -20000 favorite after nearly leading the Grizzlies to a playoff berth
  • Track how the odds fluctuate throughout the 2019-20 NBA season

We’ve been tracking the odds to win the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year Award all year long and have included the data below. The main graph on this page has been generated by calculating the average from many of our most trusted sportsbooks.

2020 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

  • [August 10] With the Pelicans disappointing bubble showings and Zion stuck on a minutes restriction, Ja Morant is all but a lock at odds of -20000 to take home this year’s honors
  • [July 15] It will be virtually impossible for Zion to catch Ja for the ROY award, as Morant is at average odds of -6250 with just eight regular season games remaining
  • [June 10] Not much has changed in the race during the suspension of the season, as Ja Morant is still the near lock at -3000, while Zion Williamson is +900. No other players are on the board
  • [March 30] While the season is suspended, Ja Morant has moved to an extremely heavy -2000 favorite
  • [March 2] Despite Zion’s strong recent showings against LeBron & the Lakers, his average odds have taken a slight hit, moving to +198
  • [February 25] ROY is down to a two man race at the current time, with Ja Morant listed at -250 and Zion Williamson still giving chase at +170
  • [February 18] Zion’s race to catch Ja Morant continues, as his average odds are now down to +170 during the All-Star break
  • [February 7] After his first eight games, Zion is seeing his odds shorten, now at an average of +288
  • [January 28] As he has seen his role grow in recent weeks, Michael Porter Jr. has reappeared on the board, with odds of +1200
  • [January 2] With Zion expected to return to the court at the end of the month, his odds sit at +800, while Morant has a firm hold of the race at average odds of -250
  • [December 20] Ja Morant is now the odds-on favorite for ROY at -150, as Zion Williamson’s fall continues to +700 as he remains sidelined
  • [December 10] As Zion Williamson’s return to the court has been pushed back once again while he recovers from injury, his odds have fallen to an average of +408
  • [December 2] With Ja Morant out for a few weeks with back spasms, perhaps RJ Barrett (+500) or Tyler Herro (+1200) can mount a charge with both Morant and Williamson on the shelf
  • [November 27] Morant strengthened his grip as he shortened to +190, while Golden State’s Eric Paschall entered the fray at +1200 after a strong run of play
  • [November 20] Ja Morant’s impressive first month has put him in the driver’s seat with +200 odds, while preseason contender R.J. Barrett has faded to +400 as the Knicks struggles continue
  • [November 6] Kendrick Nunn’s improbable rise from undrafted free agent to ROY contender continues, with odds now at +700, just behind the top contenders.
  • [November 1] After the first week and a half of play, Morant remains the favorite at +275, but R.J. Barrett is hot on his heels at +300. Miami’s Kendrick Nunn and Philly’s Matisse Thybulle have also been given odds for the first time.
  • [October 22] Full field odds have been released in the wake of Zion Williamson’s 6-8 week absence due to a torn meniscus, which has put his odds at +300, behind new favorite Ja Morant of the Grizzlies, who is +200.
  • [October 9] With his explosive preseason debut doing nothing but keeping the hype going, Zion Williamson is the obvious favorite, with average odds of -140
  • [August 27] To the surprise of nobody, Zion Williamson is still the heavier favorite, with average odds of -150
  • [August 7] Odds have been adjusted on several players with Rui Hachimura moving from +4000 to +2500, Cameron Reddish from +3500 to +5000 and De’Andre Hunter from +1800 to +2500

With all due respect to LeBron James, no player has ever entered the NBA with more hype than Zion Williamson, a high-flying highlight machine whose every movement is shared obsessively on social media. The 6’7″, 280-pound wrecking ball was a first-team All-American and the consensus National College Player of the Year during his first – and only – season at Duke, and appears to be more than ready to lay waste to the NBA.

2020 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Player Team Draft Position Odds
Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies 2 -20000
Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans 1 +800
Kendrick Nunn Miami Heat Undrafted (2018) +6600

Odds taken August 10th

As the season enters its second half, can Zion Williamson mount a charge in his return to the court, or is it Ja Morant’s to lose? Keep an eye on Michael Porter Jr., who had the pedigree of a #1 pick before his injury troubles and could continue to put up big numbers if the Nuggets commit to him in their rotation.

NBA Teams with the Most Rookie of the Year Winners

The Golden State Warriors haven’t always been the toast of the NBA. Long before they were winning back-to-back championships they were routinely finishing near the bottom of the standings.

Those poor finishes netted them first rate players like Chris Webber, Mitch Richmond, Jamaal Wilkes, Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, and Wood Sauldsberry, all of whom won Rookie of the Year honors.

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Past 10 NBA Rookie of the Year Winners

Year Player Team Draft Position
2019 Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks 3
2018 Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers 1
2017 Malcolm Brogdon Milwaukee Bucks 36
2016 Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves 1
2015 Andrew Wiggins Minnesota Timberwolves 1
2014 Michael Carter-Williams Philadelphia 76ers 11
2013 Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers 6
2012 Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers 1
2011 Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers 1
2010 Tyreke Evans Sacramento Kings 4

Rookie of the Year Trends Based off Draft Position

  • Since 1990, the NBA Rookie of the Year award has gone to the first pick in the draft 14 times
  • Since 1990, the NBA Rookie of the Year award has only been given to a second-round selection just once (Malcolm Brogdon in 2017)

Past Rookie of the Year Winners by Position

Rookie of the Year Trends Based off Position

  • The award has gone to a primary ball-handler in eight of the past 11 years
  • Power forwards and centers won five of the first six NBA Rookie of the Year awards
  • The NBA Rookie of the Year award has only been won just three times by a player who was 6’0” tall or shorter: Ernie DiGregorio (1974), Damon Stoudamire (1996), Chris Paul (2006)

NBA Rookie Records

Record Player Season
Most points in a season: 2,707 Wilt Chamberlain (Warriors) 1959-60
Most minutes played in a season: 3,695 Elvin Hayes (Rockets) 1968-69
Most rebounds in a season: 1,941 Wilt Chamberlain (Warriors) 1959-60
Most assists in a season: 868 Mark Jackson (Knicks) 1987-88
Most steals in a season: 211 Dudley Bradley (Pacers) 1979-80
Most blocks in a season: 397 Manute Bol (Bullets) 1985-86
Most three-pointers made in a season: 158 Kerry Kittles (Nets) 1996-97

Wilt Chamberlain was a rookie in name only when he entered the league in 1959. The Big Dipper led the Association in scoring, rebounding, and minutes played that season and became the first player in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in the same season.


Archived NBA Championship Odds: 2019

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Mitch graduated from Ryerson University's Sport Media program in June of 2018, and has been with SBD since 2019. He's worked in broadcast and digital for the Score, Sportsnet, TSN & CBC and has done play-by-play work for basketball at all levels including NCAA, Pan Am Games & U Sports.