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Michael Porter Jr. Getting 30-1 Odds to Win 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year Award After Missing 1st Pro Season

Ryan Bolta

by Ryan Bolta in NBA Basketball

Updated Mar 24, 2020 · 9:06 AM PDT

Michael Porter Jr.
Michael Porter Jr. is finally ready to make his NBA debut. Photo by @ForbesSports (Twitter)
  • Zion Williamson is the favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors after being selected first overall by the New Orleans Pelicans
  • Ja Morant was selected second by the Memphis Grizzlies and has the second best odds
  • Michael Porter Jr. did not play last season due to injury and is getting longshot odds despite having some serious game

Zion Williamson is the favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, that’s no surprise. He’s also offering little to no value, also no surprise.

2020 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Player Odds
Zion Williamson -250
Ja Morant +500
RJ Barrett +600
Darius Garland +1200
DeAndre Hunter +1800
Jarrett Culver +2500
Michael Porter Jr +3000
Cameron Reddish +3500
Coby White +3500
Jaxson Hayes +3500

*Odds taken 06/21/19

When you look deeper into the odds and ends however, there are two players in particular you need to take a look at.

Morant Ready to Shine in Memphis

When the Memphis Grizzlies shipped Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz it was a clear message that Ja Morant is going to play early and play often in his freshman season. To win Rookie of the Year you need to not only have game, but the ability to create buzz. When you see Morant on SportsCenter all year throwing down massive dunks, his hype train is going to pick up a lot of steam.

Sure, Williamson will be doing the same, but if it’s a two horse race and you have the one paying +500 that’s not a very bad bet now is it? Williamson also already said he won’t perform in the dunk contest as a rookie, if Morant does and shines he could gain the following needed to win this award in an upset.

Can Porter Contribute for the Nuggets?

Michael Porter Jr. is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Ben Simmons and Blake Griffin – two players who missed an entire season but won the NBA Rookie of the Year trophy after finally getting on the floor. Porter didn’t play at all for the Nuggets last season, but is set to play in summer league and could be a key piece for a team that was one win away from the Western Conference Final this past season.

He’s a 6’10” small forward who was the top player in the 2018 class entering college, but was injured minutes into his debut for Missouri. He was a top talent that ending up falling to 14th overall because of the injury concerns.

Porter is worth betting on now before the ball tips off for next season and people realize how good he is.

Well, Denver is about to get rewarded for their patience. Adding Porter to Nikola Jokic could be one of the most exciting dynamic duos in the league which, like Morant, could lead to the hype needed to win an award like this.  At +3000 he’s worth betting on now before the ball tips off for next season and people realize how good he is.

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