The NBA Draft has come and gone, and Bovada has already released the odds for the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year award.
Lonzo Ball, the top pick for the LA Lakers, is the odds on favorite as of now, checking in with 5/2 odds to win the award. Some former SEC players aren’t too far behind the one-time UCLA superstar though.
76ers forward Ben Simmons, who once starred at LSU, is right behind Ball with 3/1 odds to take home the trophy. Simmons, of course, was the top pick in the 2016 draft but didn’t play a game in the 2016-17 season due to injury. Thus, he would have rookie eligibility when he takes the floor this coming fall, sort of like how former Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin operated when he won the award back in 2011.
Elsewhere, two Kentucky Wildcats find themselves on the board as well. Guards De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings and Malik Monk of the Charlotte Hornets check in with 7/1 and 16/1 odds respectively.
Fox is listed fourth, standing behind Ball, Simmons and Sixers guard Markelle Fultz, who was the top pick in this year’s draft. Monk meanwhile finds himself down past those four, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum. Jonathan Isaac and Dennis Smith Jr. have the same odds as Monk does to take home the trophy at this point in time.
The full odds can be found below and, again, are courtesy of Bovada: