2021 NBA Rookie Of The Year Winner: Futures Bet Update
This is The Game Day’s 2021 NBA Rookie Of The Year Winner: Futures Bet Check-In. With the regular season winding to a close, let’s look at some betting odds for players to win Sixth Man of the Year. Betting info provided by BetMGM.
A number of first-year players annually make an impact in the NBA each season, and the 2020-21 campaign has been no different. However, what was considered a strong class of rookies coming in hasn’t been able to parlay potential into consistent production on as wide a scale as other seasons.
That’s not to say there haven’t been some standouts, naturally, but the betting market for the Rookie of the Year Award is now a top-heavy one as the regular season enters its final month. In fact, only one player is at minus money at the moment, and only two of the players at plus money have less than four-digit odds attached.
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NBA Rookie Of The Year Winner
- Anthony Edwards (-110)
- Tyrese Haliburton (+175)
- LaMelo Ball (+210)
- Immanuel Quickley (+2200)
- James Wiseman (+10000)
- Saddiq Bey (+10000)
- Deni Avdija (+15000)
- Patrick Williams (+15000)
- Tyrese Maxey (+15000)
- Aleksej Pokusevski (+15000)
- Desmond Bane (+15000)
- Payton Pritchard (+20000)
Anthony Edwards (-110)
Anthony Edwards To Win 2021 NBA Rookie of the Year
Bet $20, Payout $38
Edwards is the clear odds-on favorite, although by default when factoring in the wrist injury that took LaMelo Ball out of the equation, possibly for the season. That’s not to say the first overall pick hasn’t earned his current status, however, as a light went on for Edwards shortly before the All-Star break that shows no sign of dimming.
Edwards has put up 23.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals across 35.1 minutes over his last 24 games, outstanding across-the-board numbers by any measure. The Georgia product has benefited from a combination of absences on the part of D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Karl-Anthony Towns at various points over that span, but even with Russell and Towns back on the floor, he’s continued to offer strong production.
Edwards’ usage projects to remain elevated the rest of the way for the non-contending T-Wolves, and with Beasley now out again for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, he should have a strong shot at the ROY award if he can remain healthy in his own right.
Tyrese Haliburton (+175)
Haliburton’s odds aren’t that far behind Edwards’ in the grand scheme of things, but in terms of actual production, he’s being outpaced by an appreciable measure. That’s by no means a ding on Haliburton’s body of work, which currently consists of a rock-solid 12.9 points (on 47.2 percent shooting, including 40.8 percent from three-point range), 5.1 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 49 games.
However, Haliburton has continuously shifted between the starting five and the bench, and he may be starting to hit a bit of a rookie wall as the season enters into the stretch run. Going into April 15 action, Haliburton has scored 13 points or fewer in each of the last seven games, with four of those single-digit tallies.
Like Edwards, Haliburton’s Kings squad doesn’t have true playoff aspirations, and he should therefore log heavy minutes the rest of the way. However, it’s difficult to see him having enough opportunity to truly approach Edwards’ cumulative production before season’s end.
LaMelo Ball (+210)
Ball makes for an intriguing value bet at this price because he certainly does have a chance to return with perhaps as much as three weeks remaining in the season and already boasts strong numbers and considerable name value. Ball was averaging 15.9 points (on 45.1 percent shooting), 6.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals across 28.6 minutes (41 games) before his wrist injury while flashing more efficiency than Edwards, who was shooting just 39.8 percent going into April 15 action.
Like Edwards, Ball also benefited from backcourt injuries on his squad, and based on his prior play, he’d head right back into a solid role even if the guard depth chart was in good health. His numbers are already close enough scoring-wise and better than Edwards’ in rebounds, assists and steals, so there’s even an argument to be made, albeit more remote, that he could garner the honors even if he doesn’t return prior to the end of the campaign.
And, if Ball does have a chance to suit up again, he’ll almost certainly give Edwards a run for his money, making this a potentially excellent time to jump aboard.
Immanuel Quickley (+2200)
Quickley is a sizable longshot, but considering every other remaining player in the market has five-figure odds, he has at least a snowball’s chance in comparison. The Knicks’ first-year guard has seen action in 51 games and has averaged 11.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists across 19.5 minutes. However, like Edwards, Quickley’s shooting has been a detriment at times – he’s drained just 38.5 percent of his attempts overall, although he does have a solid 37.5 percent success rate from distance.
Quickly has a bright future if he continues to refine his shot from in front of the arc, but for the time being, the Kentucky product isn’t going to realistically vault over the top three to snag ROY honors.
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