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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year Award?
  • View the odds available for all rookies individually and see league-wide trends from past years
  • Track how the odds fluctuate throughout the 2018-19 NBA season

The 2018 NBA Draft played out precisely how we expected, but the year ahead is sure to be full of twists and turns as the league’s newest additions acclimatize to life in the Association.

Will Luka Doncic be able to keep up with the speed and athleticism of the NBA? Will the Nuggets’ medical staff clear Michael Porter Jr. to play? Will Robert Williams roll out of bed on time to make it to his first game? Right now there are more questions than answers, and we can’t wait to watch them all unfold.

We’ll be tracking the odds to win the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year from our most trusted sportsbooks all year. Follow along to see how the odds change throughout the 2018-19 season.

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

[7/11/18] Many sportsbooks are still listing Michael Porter Jr. among their top ten favorites, but you’d be well advised to steer clear of the Nuggets forward. Porter played in just three games during his freshman season at Missouri after undergoing spinal surgery, and Denver has said he won’t play until they’re certain he’s 100%.

It’s easy to imagine a scenario where the Nuggets redshirt Porter for his rookie season just like the 76ers did with Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons.

The Nuggets don’t need Porter in order to contend for the playoffs this year, and it’s easy to imagine a scenario where they redshirt him for his rookie season just like the 76ers did with Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons.

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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Ryan Murphy began his love affair with sports journalism at the age of nine when he wrote his first article about his little league baseball team. He has since authored his own column for Fox Sports, and now serves as SBD’s resident NBA and MLB expert.