NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: Mobley Still Tops, Barnes Mounts Late Rally

With the season on its last legs, the NBA Rookie of the Year odds have seen significant shifting while this year's freshman class adjusts to life in the pros. Get the latest on ROY odds as we break down the final contenders.

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2022 12:48 PM ET Read Time: 3 min
Evan Mobley Scottie Barnes NBA Rookie of the Year
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NBA futures for the 2021-22 season were an absolute rollercoaster, including this year's freshman class showing out. NBA Rookie of the Year odds have seen considerable movement after over four months of play, with one particular contender pulling away from a crowded early chase.

But while Evan Mobley closed on top of the odds board, one of his fellow top classmates is did his best to at least ensure a debate as voting begins.

The last day media members had to cast their votes was April 11, however, there has been no announced date on when the NBA awards ceremony will take place. For reference, the awards show typically takes place following the NBA Finals, which is set to start at the beginning of June.

Here are the odds for NBA ROY, now that the NBA regular season is a wrap. 

Odds to win NBA Rookie of the Year

The odds below are courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook with the odds now closed as the regular season has come to an end. These odds are what the market closed at following the end of the season. Be sure to compare NBA futures odds before betting to ensure you get the best number.

Favorites to win NBA Rookie of the Year

Evan Mobley (-250)

Former USC big Mobley has solidified himself as a two-way gem for Cleveland and the odds-on Rookie of the Year favorite. Mobley's notched a 15/8 line with 2.4 combined blocks + steals for the season, displaying polished, well-rounded skills, a very high basketball IQ, and defensive instincts that are lightyears ahead of the typical rookie — he's among the NBA Defensive Player of the Year odds fringe candidates.

Mobley's bum ankle kept him out since March 28, but his overall body of work, particularly given the Cavs' overachievement through waves of injury this season, seems to have set him apart.

Scottie Barnes (+220)

No. 4 overall pick Barnes has quieted the draft-day naysayers, delivering averages of 15.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 49% shooting. He got around 35 minutes per game in the Raptors' rotation and has quickly become a force on both sides of the ball.

Barnes missed time back in December, but now healthy, is playing his best ball of the season and appears to be another home-run scouting job by Toronto. Scottie was hot to end the season including a 31/17/6 line against the Lakers on March 18, putting further distance between himself and Cade Cunningham on the odds board.

Cade Cunningham (+750)

After a delayed debut and slow start to the season, Cunningham delivered some great performances for his Pistons, sitting No. 3 in ROY odds. Cade has flashed the playmaking and feel that made him so intriguing as a point forward, averaging 17.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.5 assists through 64 games.

He stepped up his production recently, dropping 22.9/5.9/7.0 in March.

Understanding NBA Rookie of the Year odds

Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. As the 2019-20 season progressed, with Ja Morant having been a huge favorite, his odds had a minus (-) sign ahead of the number: 

  • Ja Morant -500

This means that a bettor needs to wager $500 to win $100. Other candidates with worse odds would have a plus (+) sign ahead of the number. Early in the season, before any clear favorite is established, betting options will be listed as such: 

  • Zion Williamson +650

Here, a bettor stands to profit $650 for every $100 wagered. 

If American odds aren't your thing, simply use our odds converter to switch the odds to decimal or fractional format. Most online sportsbooks also give you the option to change the odds format that you see.

NBA Rookie of the Year history

Year NBA ROY Winner
2020-21 LaMelo Ball
2019-20 Ja Morant
2018-19 Luka Doncic
2017-18 Ben Simmons
2016-17 Malcolm Brogdon
2015-16 Karl-Anthony Towns
2014-15 Andrew Wiggins
2013-14 Michael Carter-Williams
2012-13 Damian Lillard
2011-12 Kyrie Irving
2010-11 Blake Griffin
2009-10 Tyreke Evans
2008-09 Derrick Rose
2007-08 Kevin Durant
2006-07 Brandon Roy
2005-06 Chris Paul
2004-05 Emeka Okafor
2003-04 LeBron James
2001-02 Pau Gasol
2000-01 Mike Miller
1999-00 Steve Francis, Elton Brand 

NBA Rookie of the Year odds FAQ

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