NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: Melo Leads Ant

May 6, 2021 |
By: Covers Staff
NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: Melo Leads Ant
With news of LaMelo Ball's return, the Hornets point guard has reclaimed the top spot on the Rookie of the Year odds board.
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With news of LaMelo Ball's return, the Hornets point guard has reclaimed the top spot on the Rookie of the Year odds board.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rookie of the Year odds underwent a major change after LaMelo Ball's wrist injury, but the NBA ROY odds board changed again with Ball's return vaulting him back on top. First overall pick Anthony Edwards has made a strong case for himself since the All-Star break, but the narrative around the award has already given it to Ball.

With Ball back on the court and the season hitting the home stretch, let's take a look at the latest odds to win NBA Rookie of the Year. 

Odds to win NBA Rookie of the Year

Player Odds to Win Rookie of the Year 
LaMelo Ball -715
Anthony Edwards +300
Tyrese Haliburton +8.000
Immanuel Quickley +10,000
Saddiq Bey +25,000
Patrick Williams +25,000
Aleksej Pokusevski +50,000
Payton Pritchard +50,000
JaeSean Tate +50,000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook on May 6.

Favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year

Third-overall pick LaMelo Ball was running away with the Rookie of the Year award, until a wrist injury opened the door. Then, first overall pick Anthony Edwards blew the door clean off. 

While Ball has since regained favorite status, at -715, Edwards has been on an absolute tear since the All-Star break, averaging 24.2 points per game in March, 21.6 in April and 35.5 through the first week of May. Edwards is rightfully second on the odds board and the only other rookie still in the conversation, at +300. 

Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton, who enjoyed a steady and efficient rookie year before a season-ending injury, rounds out the Top-3 with the only other odds shorter than +10,000, as he comes in at +8,000. 

Understanding NBA Rookie of the Year odds

Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. As last 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
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 

Where can I bet on NBA Rookie of the Year odds?

Most online sportsbooks will offer NBA futures odds on who will win the Rookie of the Year for the next season. Check out our best sportsbooks available for the most trusted books in your area.

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