For the second straight season, the preseason betting favorite won the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Following Luka Doncic’s historic rookie season, all eyes are on Zion Williamson to take home the award in 2019-20 as the NBA Rookie of the Year betting favorite. Can top picks like Ja Morant, R.J. Barrett and Michael Porter Jr. upset Zion to win the award? Let’s take a look at the betting favorites and top value picks in the 2020 season’s early NBA Rookie of the Year betting odds.
NBA Rookie of the Year Betting Stats
The preseason betting favorite has gone on to win each of the past two Rookie of the Year awards (Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic). The betting favorite had NOT won ROY in each of the previous NINE seasons prior to Simmons winning in 2017-18.
The NBA’s Rookie of the Year award has gone to a player drafted 1st overall FIVE times in the last TEN seasons.
Only ONCE in the modern draft era has the Rookie of the Year been a second-round pick (Malcolm Brogdon, 2017).
The NBA’s Rookie of the Year has been awarded to a top-5 pick in 30 of the last 38 years.
From 1953 through 2014, there was only ONE international player to win Rookie of the Year… THREE of the last FIVE ROY winners have been born outside the United States (including each of the past two).
The Rookie of the Year award has been given to a point guard (17) more than any other position. Small forward (16), power forward (15), center (15) and shooting guard (7) round out the positions.
Click ahead to Page 2 to see what Rookie of the Year betting odds Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett and more have in 2019-20.
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