Last year the Cavaliers’ Kyrie¬†Irving¬†(+550) took home the Rookie of the Year honors with little to no competition (thanks to a mid-season injury to Ricky Rubio.) In the process he beat out¬†favorite¬†Derrick Williams (+450) and¬†Jimmer Fredette (+500).
The Greek has released odds for the 2012-13 season, and not suprisingly, they’re skewed towards one player in particular, Anthony Davis (+350):
|Player||Odds To Win 2012-13 NBA Rookie Of The Year|
While Davis has looked good, it should be noted that only once in the past 5 years has the¬†favorite¬†actually won ROY honors. This was 5 years ago when Kevin Durant (+150) won in the 2007-2008 season. Here’s a look at past¬†favorites¬†and winner’s odds:
|Year||Favoriate||Favoriate's Odds||ROY Winner||ROY Winner's Odds|
|2011-12||Derrick Williams||+450||Kyrie Irving||+550|
|2010-11||John Wall||+125||Blake Griffin||+250|
|2009-10||Blake Griffin||+100||Tyreke Evans||+650|
|2008-09||Michael Beasley||+150||Derrick Rose¬†||+450|
|2007-08||Kevin Durant||+150||Kevin Durant||+150|
If you can see past Davis, some of the more¬†intriguing value plays are:
- Damian Lillard (+800) – Had¬†arguably¬†the best summer league performance from any rookie and has never had a problem scoring.
- Jeremy Lamb¬†(+1000) – The Rockets failed to land D12 and will need someone to step up. Lamb looks more than just servicable.
- Andrew Nicholson (+2500) – With Howard out of the way, the more seasoned Nicholson could put numbers right away.
Odds¬†courtesy¬†of The Greek.