Now that the NBA Draft is over, who's the best bet to win Rookie of the Year?


NBA predictions to win Rookie of the Year honors

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The 2019 NBA Draft is over, with the top talents from college and beyond landing among the NBA’s 30 teams. While the 2019-20 season doesn’t start until mid-October, NBA odds on which of these elite prospects will win Rookie of the Year are on the board.

Here are the best bets and NBA predictions to win Rookie of the Year honors.

Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans: 2/7 odds to win RoY
The Pelicans are all in on Zion, especially after trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for a bevvy of young talent and draft picks. New Orleans will carefully craft a roster that will complement the raw ability and two-way talents of the No. 1 overall pick. Williamson was a force at Duke with an unstoppable dribble-drive game, great post play, and nose for blocking shots. He will need to improve his shooting range and won’t be able to just rely on his athleticism in the pros on defense. He’ll absolutely have the stage to shine brightest with the offense going through him in the Big Easy.

Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies: 4/1
The explosive guard from Murray State will also have the keys to car in Memphis. The Grizzlies shipped off veteran guard Mike Conley, opening the door for Morant’s return. His scoring ability could be the best of the entire 2019-20 rookie class, with his ability to drain from way outside and beat defenders off the dribble and finish at the hoop. At 6-foot-3, he could run into trouble against bigger backcourts but should love the spacing to create in today’s NBA. His biggest knock could be playing for a Grizzlies team that falls well below the radar in a packed Western Conference.

R.J. Barrett, New York Knicks: 5/1
Barrett could have easily been the No. 1 overall pick in any other draft. It just so happens his roommate at Duke – Williamson – decided to come out the same year. Barrett has a dynamic game that fits the new pace of the NBA. His shooting was inconsistent at Duke and he could stand to pack on more muscle, but he’ll get plenty of opportunity to show out in the Big Apple. Working against Barrett’s Rookie of the Year odds is the fact that the Knicks don’t have much around the Canadian product and he’s used to being well supported after playing among fellow lottery picks and first-rounders Duke.

Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers 10/1
The post-LeBron rebuild has begun in Cleveland, where Vanderbilt’s Garland is among a bumper crop of rookies coming to the Cavs. To put his potential into perspective, Garland was drafted fourth overall despite playing only five NCAA games at Vandy before injuring his knee and sitting out the rest of his freshman season. Those injury concerns are still there and his 6-foot-2 frame may get knocked around by bigger defenders, but there’s a lot of value in taking Garland to win RoY due to an aura of mystery around his full potential.

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