The NBA Finals are in full swing but there's plenty of money to be made on the NBA Futures market with the league's first-ever awards show drawing near, so let's analyze the NBA odds to win the Rookie of the Year award.
As many expected, 76ers teammates Joel Embiid and Dario Saric and Bucks point guard Malcolm Brogdon were named finalists for the prestigious award. The winner will be revealed at the first-ever NBA awards show, which will be hosted by recording artist Drake on June 26 at New York's Basketball City.
Making a Case for Saric
Saric's stats and rookie of the month awards in February and March stood out on their own and he put the 76ers on his shoulders in the second half of the season, proving he belongs in the league and establishing himself as a key piece in the team's future.
After the All-Star break, Saric replaced the injured Embiid as the offensive focus of the 76ers and he averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 40 games.
He finished the season with 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 41.1 percent from the field in 81 games, good enough to rank second in points, third in rebounds and eighth in assists per game among all rookies and he also ranked second behind Knicks center Willy Hernangomez with 10 double doubles.
A season-ending tear to the meniscus in his left knee ended Embiid's season early and his injury and rest limited him to just 31 games. He made a significant impact during that time though, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 assists and he shot 46.6 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from 3-point range.
Embiid led all rookies in points, rebounds and blocks per game and he was named the East's Rookie of the Month from November to January, so he does deserve to be a finalist, but don't expect him to take home the award.
Brogdon averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from distance in 75 games.
The Bucks guard led all rookies in 3-point shooting percentage, assists and steals per game and his contribution to Milwaukee's playoff run was significant but Saric offers decent betting value for our NBA picks to win this award and he truly deserves it.