Post-Summer League Rookie of the Year Odds: Carter, Knox Make Moves

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:06 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018 12:06 PM UTC

The busy portion NBA offseason is essentially over with the conclusion of the Summer League. Let’s take a look at updated Bovada Rookie of the Year odds for the coming season.

<p>The 2018 NBA Draft was on June 21 and this writer <a href="" rel="nofollow">posted a story the next day </a>on Bovada’s odds for 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year. A few things have changed since then, mainly some developments in Summer League.</p><p>The best player in the Summer League was the Lakers’ Josh Hart as he was named the MVP, but he’s a second-year player. The Lakers have to be thrilled, though, as Hart’s ascension could help in a potential trade if L.A. — although Kawhi Leonard is now off the table. Hart set a Summer League record with 37 points in a semifinal win over Cleveland and ended up averaging 22.4 points as L.A. fell one win short of repeating as champion. Quite a change from last summer when Hart appeared in just two of L.A.’s Summer League games and averaged 10.0 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Hart is the second straight Laker to win the award – Lonzo Ball did in 2017.</p><p>Phoenix selected Arizona center Deandre Ayton at No. 1 overall and he opened as the +260 Bovada favorite for Rookie of the Year.<a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow"> Ayton is now +333</a> after landing on the Summer League Second Team. In four games, Ayton averaged 26.8 minutes, 14.5 points on 60 percent shooting and 10.5 rebounds. He looked like a future All-Star at times but did have one terrible game.</p><p>The new ROY favorite is the <a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow">Mavericks’ Luka Doncic at +275 </a>even though he didn’t compete in Summer League. By the time Doncic officially signed his contract with Dallas, the Mavs had already played a pair of Summer League games. The Mavs’ top players in the Summer League, Dennis Smith Jr., Johnathan Motley and Dorian Finney-Smith, were not scheduled to play any more games in Las Vegas after that so the Mavs didn’t want to throw Doncic out there with a bunch of scrubs and without any 5-on-5 practice time. Plus, he played plenty this year over in Europe.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The NBA Summer League didn't disappoint 🔥 &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#SCtop10&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 16, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>The rest of the All-NBA Summer League First Team was the Bulls’ Wendell Carter Jr., Knicks’ Kevin Knox, Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton and a guy you probably have never heard of: Christian Wood. He went undrafted in 2015 and has bounced around the G-League and played 30 career games in the NBA, last in 2016-17.</p><p>Carter Jr. and Knox were probably the most impressive rookies. Carter Jr., taken No. 7 overall by the Bulls, averaged 14.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in Vegas – his two-handed block from behind on Cleveland’s Ante Zizic was the defensive play of the Summer League. Carter also showed range from deep, hitting 3-for-6 from 3-point range. Carter was +2800 right after the draft for ROY and is now +2500 – that looks like great <a href="" rel="nofollow">NBA betting value</a> at the moment.</p><p>Knox, a guy most Knicks fans booed in Brooklyn on June 21 when he was taken No. 9 overall, has only improved from +1500 to +1400 on the ROY odds, which is puzzling. The 18-year-old Knox averaged 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in four games. Those clownish Knicks fans also booed when the team drafted Kristaps Porzingis.</p><p>One disappointment of Summer League was the Kings’ Marvin Bagley, the No. 2 overall pick. He played just one game in Vegas, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, before suffering a pelvic injury that kept him out the rest of the event. Bagley did play three games in the smaller Sacramento Summer League before Vegas and put up 8.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He clearly needs to get stronger. Bagley was +450 on the ROY prop and is now +600.</p><p>These odds should stay pretty constant now – barring injury or trade -- with the NBA entering its quiet part of the year.</p>
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