Ben Simmons Favorite On NBA Odds To Win Rookie Of The Year

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 5:00 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jun. 28, 2016 5:00 PM GMT

The NBA Draft is over, and free agency is right around the corner, so it’s that time of year where we look at some NBA offseason props. First up, NBA Rookie of the Year.

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Ben Simmons +325
This one is a no-brainer. The league’s number one NBA pick is easily the odds on favorite to win ROY next season from Bovada sportsbook. Outside of catching some flak for not making the NCAA Tournament, Ben Simmons has almost everything going for him. He seems to have upside somewhere in between Draymond Green and Lebron James, and he is on a team that could be set to give him a heavy workload in his first season.

It should be noted though that he does have some downside in the offseason future odds. His teammate, Joel Embiid is +1200 at most sportsbooks to win the award, so that could take away from his chances a little if Embiid is healthy and the second coming of Hakeem Olajuwon. Those are two big ifs, though.

 

Buddy Hield +650
Buddy Hield went to the perfect team for him. The Pelicans were just coming off suffering through Eric Gordon over the last four years, who is even more painful to watch when you realize he was the centerpiece of the package they got in return for Chris Paul. Hield is the two guard that could pair nicely next to Anthony Davis.

He is a solid defender and he can shoot the jay.  I don’t care if he is a little older; that is going to help him on a young team like New Orleans. He comes with risk, but he has two very transferable and NBA-ready skills already, so he makes for an interesting play for ROY.


 

Brandon Ingram +650
The second overall pick is also +650 to win the award, and he is also on a team that is suddenly going to be devoid of a player who took a lot of shots last season. Guess who might start to get a lot of those shots? If you answered Brandon Ingram, you might be right.

The issue with Ingram (and most of the other rookie favorites for that matter) is that a lot is dependent on free agency, so when July 1st hits, these NBA odds could change a lot if there is a load of player movement. Ingram has the size and length to be a star two-way player in this league, but it might not come right away, so for the price, I like Hield a bit better, especially if the Lakers sign some big name free agents to take away from Ingram’s usage next season.

 

Kris Dunn +750
Kris Dunn’s name was talked about almost more than any rookie during and immediately after the draft because of trade rumors. In the end, he slipped to five and was snagged by the Timberwolves. Tom Thibodeau has his fingerprints all over this pick, and the rookie point guard might start or end the season as the starting point guard.

The problem is the logjam at the point guard position in Minnesota. Unless Ricky Rubio gets traded, and Zach LaVine gets converted to more of a two guard, Dunn doesn’t present as much value. However, if one or both of those things were to happen, watch out.

 

The Field
Denzel Valentine +1200
Jamal Murray +1200
Joel Embiid +1200
Wade Baldwin +1600
Marquese Chriss +1600
Thon Maker +1600
Taurean Prince +1600
Jaylen Brown +2000
Dragan Bender +2000
Malachi Richardson +2000
Caris LeVert +2000
Brice Johnson +2000
Jakob Poeltl +2500
Domantas Sabonis +2800

After Dunn, there is a big drop-off. Embiid and Denzel Valentine are intriguing at their prices of 12/1, and so is Jaylen Brown at +2000. In the end though, this is Ben Simmons’ award to lose for me, so while the field is deep, if Simmons’ game immediately transfers to the NBA, the rest of these rookies should be behind him in ROY votes.

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