Eric Uribe |  Mon 12/03/2018 - 09:55 EDT

Odds to Win The NBA Rookie of The Year Award for 2018

Odds to Win The NBA Rookie of The Year Award for 2018
It's early, but this year's NBA rookie class may be the deepest since 2003. However, at this point, Rookie of the Year honors is a two-way race between Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell. Here's who deserves the award — and your futures bet — more.

Greatest rookie classes in league history usually boils down to this:

  • 1984: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton
  • 1996: Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jermain O’Neal
  • 2003: LeBron James, Darko Milicic (kidding of course), Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh

Each of the three groups produced at least seven All-Stars and 50 All-Star appearances. That’s not an easily-duplicated feat, but the 2017 class is deep enough to join their company in the not-so-distant future.

Both Lonzo Ball (already one of the game’s best assist-men) and Kyle Kuzma (averaging a team-high 15.5 points per game) have burst onto the scene in Los Angeles. Jayson Tatum is on the verge of becoming the first Celtic to start every single game since Larry Bird. Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen is showing shades of Kristaps Porzingis. Dennis Smith is on a one-man mission to dunk on everyone in Dallas. 


However, no one’s star is shining brighter than Donovan Mitchell. His playmaking on offense has quickly healed the wounds left by Gordon Hayward, leading Utah to wins in 18 of their last 20 games. He’d been the runaway Rookie of the Year if not for “pseudo-rookie” Ben Simmons. 

Of course, Simmons was drafted first overall in 2016. But after an injury sidelined him his whole “real” rookie season, he’s been bunched into this group. That extra year in the NBA might’ve given him an upper hand because Simmons has been nothing short of extraordinary. 

Three-quarters into the season, it’s Mitchell vs. Simmons going the distance in the ROY showdown. Let’s compare and contrast the budding stars to see who has the stronger case to emerge the victor.

Donovan Mitchell

The 21-year-old phenom introduced himself to the non-NBA world during the slam dunk contest, flying over Kevin Hart and paying homage to Vince Carter en route to a title. However, the Louisville product has been turning heads all season long.

Mitchell is averaging 19.7 points per game, which not only leads Utah, but all rookies. Matter of fact, only eight players have averaged at least 19 points in their debut season. Each of those players were selected in the top-4 picks whereas Mitchell went 13th overall.

That scoring pedigree is Mitchell’s clear advantage over Simmons. Mitchell’s game is highlighted by off-the-charts athleticism and versatility on offense. He’s on pace to break Damien Lillard’s rookie mark for most three-pointers made. 

Ben Simmons

You know you’re doing something right when you’re drawing comparisons to Magic Johnson. Simmons has six triple-doubles on the year — one shy of tying the rookie record set by Johnson. Ultimately, that do-everything style is what sets Simmons apart from Mitchell.

The oversized point guard is averaging 16.4 points, 7.6 assists, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.7 steals — a stat line that’s unrivaled by not just rookies, but most of the league. That all-around efficiency (22.83) is 14th best in the NBA, whereas Mitchell ranks 48th in the same category.

Watching Simmons play sometimes feels like being stuck in a time warp. The Magic-like style clashes with today’s style of basketball. Simmons is 0-10 on three-pointers all season long and shoots an abysmal 57.4 percent from the charity stripe. In spite of those flaws, Simmons gets to the rim seemingly at will.   

The Verdict

Both players have a rock-hard case for Rookie of the Year. When it’s this close, team success usually becomes the tiebreaker. However, it’s not glaring here as Utah and Philly have near identical records — the Jazz’s one extra win is hardly a difference maker. 

Here’s the caveat: improvement from last season. Utah was a second-round team a year ago. Sure, Hayward left them high and dry, but the cupboard wasn’t bare. On the other hand, the 76ers were the fourth-worst team in the league in 2016. Surely, voters will credit Simmons for much of that turnaround.

We hate to say it, but hype will also be a deciding factor. Salt Lake City is hardly the market that Philadelphia is. Simmons also entered the league with much more fanfare and expectations, living up to each and more. No one should be surprised when Simmons wins the award at season’s end. 

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 26 March
AOT New York Knicks 128 - 137 Charlotte Hornets +575 -769 Odds
FT L.A. Lakers 106 - 112 Detroit Pistons +185 -213 Odds
FT Denver Nuggets 104 - 123 Philadelphia 76ers +180 -208 Odds
FT Memphis Grizzlies 101 - 93 Wolves +900 -1429 Odds
FT Boston Celtics 102 - 94 Phoenix Suns -714 +535 Odds
Tuesday 27 March
FT San Antonio Spurs 106 - 116 Washington Wizards -135 +115 Odds
FT Denver Nuggets 110 - 114 Toronto Raptors Odds
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 79 - 98 Miami Heat -133 +114 Odds
FT Chicago Bulls 86 - 118 Houston Rockets +825 -1250 Odds
FT Blazers 107 - 103 Pelicans -127 +106 Odds
FT Dallas Mavericks 103 - 97 Sacramento Kings +125 -145 Odds
FT Indiana Pacers 92 - 81 Warriors -370 +305 Odds
FT Milwaukee Bucks 98 - 105 L.A. Clippers +130 -149 Odds
Wednesday 28 March
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 118 - 105 Charlotte Hornets +105 -125 Odds
FT Brooklyn Nets 111 - 104 Orlando Magic -154 +135 Odds
FT New York Knicks 101 - 118 Philadelphia 76ers +1000 -1667 Odds
FT Blazers 103 - 108 Memphis Grizzlies -256 +215 Odds
FT Atlanta Hawks 114 - 126 Wolves +750 -1111 Odds
FT Boston Celtics 97 - 94 Utah Jazz +500 -667 Odds
FT L.A. Clippers 111 - 99 Phoenix Suns -833 +600 Odds
FT Dallas Mavericks 93 - 103 L.A. Lakers +315 -370 Odds
Thursday 29 March
FT Washington Wizards 92 - 103 Detroit Pistons -145 +125 Odds
FT Chicago Bulls 92 - 103 Miami Heat +900 -1429 Odds
FT Thunder 99 - 103 San Antonio Spurs +104 -123 Odds
FT Indiana Pacers 106 - 103 Sacramento Kings -370 +305 Odds
FT Milwaukee Bucks 116 - 107 Warriors +157 -179 Odds
Friday 30 March
Chicago Bulls 19:00 Orlando Magic Odds
Philadelphia 76ers 19:30 Atlanta Hawks Odds
Pelicans 20:00 Cleveland Cavaliers Odds
Phoenix Suns 20:00 Houston Rockets Odds
Denver Nuggets 20:00 Thunder Odds
Wolves 20:30 Dallas Mavericks Odds
Memphis Grizzlies 21:00 Utah Jazz Odds
Milwaukee Bucks 22:30 L.A. Lakers Odds
L.A. Clippers 22:30 Blazers Odds
Saturday 31 March
Charlotte Hornets 15:00 Washington Wizards
Detroit Pistons 17:00 New York Knicks
Toronto Raptors 19:30 Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets 20:00 Miami Heat
Warriors 22:00 Sacramento Kings
Sunday 01 April
Philadelphia 76ers 13:00 Charlotte Hornets
Washington Wizards 15:30 Chicago Bulls
Houston Rockets 15:30 San Antonio Spurs
Indiana Pacers 15:30 L.A. Clippers Odds
Dallas Mavericks 18:00 Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons 18:00 Brooklyn Nets
Orlando Magic 18:00 Atlanta Hawks
Thunder 18:00 Pelicans
Utah Jazz 19:00 Wolves
Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Denver Nuggets
Phoenix Suns 20:30 Warriors
Memphis Grizzlies 21:00 Blazers
Sacramento Kings 21:30 L.A. Lakers

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