All eyes will be on Lonzo Ball in the upcoming season, but should you bet on the dynamic point guard to win the 2017-18 Rookie Of The Year honors?
Will electrifying point guard Markelle Fultz lift the reloaded Philadelphia 76ers to brand new heights after being drafted as the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft to win the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year award?
Will Fultz be able to beat out teammate and 2016 top pick Ben Simmons after the versatile small forward was forced to sit out what would have been his rookie campaign this past season?
Will the aforementioned pair be beat out for the ROY award by another top contender, a more value-packed pick – or by a longshot that no one saw coming?
Thanks to my expert analysis on the race to win the 2017-18 NBA MVP award, you’re going to be able to make the most out of your season-long wager on the fun-filled, but seriously valuable odds.
2017-18 NBA Rookie Of The Year Odds & Picks
|Dennis Smith, Jr||DAL||+750|
The Favorite to Win the NBA Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons +200
While we didn’t get to see Simmons as a rookie, it’s important to remember that he’s, for all intents and purposes, an athletic, pass-first point guard with a variety of skills that are all packaged in the body of an athletic 6-9 forward, which is why he was the consensus No. 1 overall pick a year ago. Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game as a freshman at LSU two years ago and will have a wealth of talent to share the ball with in Philadelphia in 2017. Simmons’s unmatched versatility will give him a chance unlike any other player in the race to win the 20-17-18 Rookie of the Year award.
The Smart Pick to Win the NBA Rookie of the Year: Markelle Fultz +500
I don’t know how else to say it except that when I watch Markelle Fultz, I’m reminded a bit of Hall of Fame legend Isiah Thomas and that should say enough about how talented the franchise cornerstone floor leader is. Fultz averaged 23.2 points per game as a freshman at Washington this past season while also contributing 5.7 boards and 5.9 assists per game. Fultz has it all from size (6-4). to speed, handles, athleticism and shooting ability and has ‘can’t miss’ written all over him. Fultz should start right away for the rebuilding Sixers, meaning he’ll have a legitimate chance.
The Value Pick to Win the NBA Rookie of the Year: Josh Jackson +1200
While I’m still a bit pissed that Jackson didn’t want to work out for my beloved Boston Celtics, I can’t deny the fact that he’ll likely have a great chance to win the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year award while playing plenty of minutes for the rebuilding Phoenix Suns. Jackson averaged a solid 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a freshman at Kansas this past season and has a skill set that will allow him to play at least two positions while guarding three. Jackson can either shoot it from the perimeter or put the ball on the deck and drive, not to mention he’s a dogged defender. If he gets the minutes I’m expecting (he will) Jackson will have a really good shot, which is what makes him so attractive to me as a +1200 pick.
The Longshot Pick to Win the NBA Rookie of the Year: Lauri Markkanen +3300
I was hoping that Markkanen would somehow find his way to Boston, but since that wishful thinking didn’t pan out, I guess I’ll just have to hope those reports about Ante Zizic are for real. Anyhow, the 6-11 Markkanen will suit up for the Chicago Bulls as a rookie and he should see plenty of playing time of head coach Fred Hoiberg doesn’t want to lose his job (he will). Markkanen may be the best pure shooter in this year’s draft and should be able to put up double digits as a rookie playing alongside young floor leader Kris Dunn. While Markkanen isn’t the best rebounder for someone his size and could struggle against more athletic big men defensively, he could also turn into the next sweet-shooting seven-foot power forward from Europe, kind of like those guys that been playing for the Dallas Mavericks the last two decades.