The start of the new NBA season makes us want to take a look at the current odds in all of the futures markets. One of those is the 2023-24 Rookie of the Year! Check out the live odds and a few of our best bets below.
The obvious favorite, Victor Wembanyama, is our best bet to win Rookie of the Year at -130 odds on DraftKings.
Looking deeper, there are some avenues where Scoot Henderson and Chet Holmgren could steal Wemby’s almost “overdue” award as they have a chance to lead all rookies in a handful of stat categories.
Latest Odds from FanDuel SportsBook
|Jaime Jaquez Jr.||+10000|
|Nick Smith Jr.||+15000|
|Dereck Lively II||+15000|
After playing about 21 minutes per game during the preseason, Wemby has already taken the league by storm making some incredible plays while leading the Spurs to three straight victories. Going 7 of 22 from beyond the arc in those four games, Victor is ready to be that stretch-big/defensive pogo stick that could propel the Spurs to an opening night victory.
While we won’t expect the Frenchman to play more than 70 games, there’s a real chance he leads the league in blocks as a rookie, which would give a huge boost for his chances at winning the award.
During his preseason games, Wemby went 12 of 14 from the line which should give him an extra 6-7 points per game while Pop will continuously get him involved throughout the season in different ways next to the new lineup of Sochan/Vassel/Johnson/Collins/Wemby.
A solid bet for Rookie of the Year is none other than future All Star Scoot Henderson. With Lillard gone and the Blazers in semi-rebuild mode, it’s Scoot’s squad with solid shooting options around him in Grant and Simons, as well as Ayton plus Sharpe cutting and becoming solid mid-range threats.
If Portland wins over 35 games and Wemby struggles to stay healthy, this award is fully Henderson’s as a guard who will stay healthy and average a respectable 6 to 7 assists per game on a Portland team that might steal a few games against superior opponents with a deeper bench than many give them credit for.
There’s a real chance Scoot finishes the year leading rookies in points and assists, which will give him a fantastic shot at the ROY honors.
While Chet enters his second year in the association, he’ll be playing in his first game tomorrow alongside a core trio of Shai, Giddey, and Williams. This Thunder team won 40 games last year while getting dominated on the boards without a proper big man.
With Chet entering the starting lineup, he’s due to average a few blocks and double-digit boards per game.
If OKC enters the top 6 in the West by the end of the season and win more games with an impactful Chet on the defensive end of the floor, Chet is a solid bet at close to +300 to win the award.
With the Houston Rockets due to flirt with a play-in spot under new head coach Ime Udoka and a core of FVV/Thompson/Jabari Smith/Alphren Sengun alongside a ton of depth at the wing positions, Amen’s positive impact as both an elite wing defender and offensive playmaker could give him some votes by the end of season.
For a player that has a shot to average more than five boards and five assists per game, +2500 odds is something we should be looking into as this Houston team could take a big leap in 2023-24.
While his three-point shooting is a major concern, Amen should get stats on both ends of the court while supplying Houston with low-maintenance/high-energy all night.