LaMelo Ball Shortens as NJ’s NBA Rookie of the Year Favorite

Never before did NBA Rookies need to wait until November to hear their names called in the NBA Draft, but such are the new ways we’re getting used to in the global pandemic world. Another first was a class of rookies thrown immediately into the fray of veterans training camp, preseason games and making regular season NBA debuts, all coming in the space of a month. Usually all that happens at a much more leisurely pace for rookies — 3 more months to adjust to professional life both on and off the court, including a month of training camp and preseason. Given that all happened this season in just 34 days, this year’s NBA rookie class has been required to stand up fast.

One player so far has stood tall above them all and reconfirmed his place as New Jersey favorite with the online sportsbooks to take out this season’s Rookie of the Year – the Hornets’ LaMelo Ball.

LaMelo Ball’s Rookie of the Year Odds Shorten

LaMelo Ball opened the NBA season with FanDuel Sportsbook +390 odds followed by James Wiseman and Anthony Edwards tied for the next best odds at +480 to take out the Rookie of the Year title.

However, given Ball’s explosive form over the last 2 weeks with the Hornets, online sportsbooks have slashed his odds dramatically to -133. Despite a rather disappointing 3-game stretch to open his NBA career, Ball has now found his rhythm in the pros.

Beginning with a stellar performance against the Dallas Mavericks where in 30 minutes of game time Ball recorded then career-highs in points (22), rebounds (8), assists (5), field-goal percentage (7 of 10) and 3-pointers (4), Ball’s form has since been sublime.

Over 8 games following that landmark performance against the Mavericks, Ball averaged per game totals of 14.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in more than 28 minutes per game. Though he continues to come off the bench for the time being – (a fact not lost on his loud-mouthed father, Lavar Ball, who has been calling for his son to start) – that should not last, as Ball is closing out games for his Hornets team, that went over 5-3 during his great form run.

Giving LaMelo Ball’s great form, he is attracting most of the betting attention and it is difficult to see anyone else taking out the award at this point. However, that said, it is interesting to track where the rest of the NBA Rookie of the Year betting handle is going.

Wiseman, Haliburton and Williams chasing LaMelo Ball in Rookie of the Year Odds

Golden State Warriors’ Center James Wiseman and Chicago Bulls’ small forward Patrick Williams are two players attracting plenty of betting action behind Ball at this point of the still young NBA season. Williams and Wiseman have both started every game for their respective teams this season which goes a long way towards developing consistency with astute judges.

Ball should win the award, but if he gets injured, or has a form slump, both Wiseman and Williams are poised with an excellent chance to take out the Rookie of the Year title. Their respective teams – the Warriors and Bulls are both playing good basketball and both are competitive teams. There is a case to be made that both the Warriors and Bulls are improved units with these two excellent rookies on their respective rosters.

Look at guards below the Top 3 Rookie of the Year chances with Immanuel Quickley, Tyrese Maxey, Tyrese Haliburton and Cole Anthony all performing well, with Haliburton is second behind Ball at +270 with FanDuel, or +275 with 888Sport.

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