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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

  • [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 at Bovada

Player Team Draft Position Rookie of the Year Odds at Bovada
Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans 1 -130
Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies 2 +350
RJ Barrett New York Knicks 3 +550
Darius Garland Cleveland Cavaliers 5 +1800
Michael Porter Jr. Denver Nuggets 14 (2018) +1600

*Odds taken 10/09/19

Williamson may be famous for his rim-shaking slams, but he can do far more than just cram a ball into the net. The multi-talented forward also racked up 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks per game at Duke and should be a defensive menace at the next level. Expect to see him swat plenty of shots deep into the third row during his eagerly anticipated rookie campaign.

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
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.