All the hype in this year’s draft is revolving around Washington’s Markelle Fultz and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball. However, it’s also best not to forget Ben Simmons is technically still a rookie after missing all of last season. Although this year’s NBA award ceremony happened only a week ago, it’s never too early to place your bets on a player.
ODDS TO WIN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2017-2018
Looking at the odds to win Rookie of the Year 2017-2018 according to www.oddsharks.com, Lonzo Ball is the leading candidate to win Rookie of the Year. The odds for the top 5 candidates for Rookie of the Year is as follows:
1) Lonzo Ball (LAL): +250 (5/2)
2) Ben Simmons (PHI): +300 (3/1)
3) Markelle Fultz (PHI): +550 (11/2)
4) De’Aaron Fox (SAC): +700 (7/1)
5) Dennis Smith (DAL): +700 (7/1)
So why do the number one picks from 2016 and 2017’s draft have lower odds to win the 2018 Rookie of the Year than this year’s number two pick? For one, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz will be sharing the spotlight with each other in addition to the extremely talented Joel Embiid. On the other hand, Lonzo Ball will have the LA spotlight all to himself now that D’Angelo Russell has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Lonzo Ball has the ability to completely change the offense of a team with his ability to create for others and to keep everyone involved. Especially with Magic Johnson’s attempt to bring showtime back to the Lakers, Ball will be the centerpiece in the new high octane offense.
WINNER OF THE NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FOR 2017-2018
Even though these odds do favor Lonzo Ball to win Rookie of the Year, I still can’t get over the fact that his mid range game and ability to create in a half court offense is very limited. If I were to put my money on the Rookie of the Year, I would have to put it on Ben Simmons.
Simmons is simply a superstar talent in this league. His ability to put the ball on the floor, create for others and guard all 5 positions is reminiscent of Lebron James. Furthermore, if we look at other previous talents that missed their first (or two) season due to injury, such as Blake Griffin and Joel Embiid, they were clearly the best players of their rookie class after coming back from their respective injury. This is in part because a year on the sidelines allows these players to study the NBA game. Afterwards, they are able to train their minds and bodies accordingly for their official debut.
For this reason, Ben Simmons gets my vote to win Rookie of the Year. If Simmons is to avoid injury, I believe his rookie season will prove to be the best of all other rookies. At Cover The Spread 365 we break down every game with our Free NBA Pick. You can only succeed in the betting world with a proper sports betting strategy!