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  • Track how the odds fluctuate throughout the 2018-19 NBA season

We’ve been tracking the odds to win the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year Award all year long and have included the data below. The graphs on this page have been generated by calculating the average from many of our most trusted sportsbooks.

2019 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Deandre Ayton may have been chosen first in the 2018 NBA Draft, but his odds to win the Rookie of the Year award lag behind those of Mavericks guard Luka Doncic.

The 19-year-old Slovenian sensation is hot off an outstanding season in which he became the youngest player ever to earn Euroleague MVP and Euroleague Final Four MVP honors. He should fit in well in Dallas, where he’ll get to work with the same staff that transformed fellow European export Dirk Nowitzki into a first ballot Hall of Famer.

2019 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds at BetOnline

Player Team Draft Position BetOnline Odds on 01/04/19
Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks 3 -1200
Deandre Ayton Phoenix Suns 1 +800
Trae Young Atlanta Hawks 5 +1600
Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies 4 +1600

Can anyone catch Doncic? “Cool Hand” leads all rookies in scoring, and is second in rebounds and assists.

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.

Past 10 NBA Rookie of the Year Winners

Year Player Team Draft Position
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
2009 Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls 1

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 seven of the past ten 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.

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