LaMelo Ball Opens As NBA Rookie of the Year Favorite in NJ

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New Jersey Online Sportsbooks did not take long to set their betting markets for the NBA Rookie of the Year. Following the recent NBA draft, LaMelo Ball led the list of contenders of the 2020/21 NBA Rookie of the Year award. The talent pool this year isn’t seen to be as highly rated as in years gone by, however, Ball is seen to be NBA-ready, and one of a number of talented rookies that appear set to find their niche.

How the Rookie of the Year betting fancies rack up with NJ Sportsbooks

Coming out of a breakout season in Australia’s NBL averaging 17 points per game (arguably the second strongest league in the world behind the NBA) and following the 2020 NBA draft, LaMelo Ball is the odds-on favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award next season.

FanDuel Sportsbook currently has Ball at +390 odds (bet $100 to win $390), followed by James Wiseman and Anthony Edwards in a tie for the next best odds at +480 to take out the Rookie of the Year honors.

888Sport users can get +400 odds on Ball to take out the Rookie of the Year Title.

Edwards was the overall Number 1 pick and went to the Minnesota Timberwolves in last week’s draft. Wiseman as Number 2 pick went to the Golden State Warriors, followed by Ball to the Charlotte Hornets as the draft’s third selection.

Wiseman could possibly be walking into the best situation to learn as a new player with a Warriors team that has Draymond Green and of course, Stephen Curry. The Warriors’ Klay Thompson will miss his second consecutive season after Golden State announced he suffered a torn Achilles during a workout, which should increase Wiseman’s playing minutes straight off the bat.

Edwards will be playing on a Minnesota team that already has two firmly established stars in D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns. The Georgia grad should combine well that duo after proving his scoring credentials averaging 19.1 points per game in his single college season.

LaMelo Ball is the standout & will play

Ball should become the face of Charlotte Hornets basketball straight out of the gates. The team has excellent talent on the roster already, including Miles Bridges and Devonte’ Graham, however, Ball’s scoring and creative playmaking ability gives them a potential ‘franchise’ player.

Working to Ball’s advantage is that the Hornets, unlike Wiseman’s Golden State and Edwards’ Minnesota, are in a rebuilding phase and can allow the talented youngster time to learn and experience the ups and downs of NBA life much the same way as Michael Jordan did at the Bulls at the beginning of his career.

Not that we are comparing Ball to Jordan. He’s good, but not in that class. Well, not yet and maybe never. Few people are. However, Ball will be playing for Jordan, as the former NBA superstar is now owner of the Hornets. Ball might expect a quiet word or two in his ear from the owner to help him along his way.

The 20-year-old was named the Australian National Basketball League Rookie of the Year last season after averaging 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, seven assists and 1.7 steals in 12 games last season with the Illawarra Hawks. He also shot 37% from the field and 24% from 3-point range.

Head coach of the Hornets, James Borrego, is reportedly impressed by Ball’s professional experience and believes that should assist him in learning his offense quickly. His ability to step in immediately will increase his chances at winning the Rookie of the Year title, and the Hornets believe his transition will be smooth.

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