LaMelo Ball Favored in NBA Rookie of the Year Odds After Landing With Hornets in 2020 NBA Draft

Max Staley
LaMelo Ball is the favorite to win the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year.
LaMelo Ball is the favorite to win the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
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LaVar Ball has been telling everyone his sons were going to be top-tier NBA Draft picks for years. He's pretty much been screaming it from the mountaintops. But he was proven right on Wednesday, as the Charlotte Hornets took his youngest son, LaMelo Ball, with the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Get ready to hear LaVar make a lot more wild proclamations, because LaMelo is currently favored to win the 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA futures.

NBA Rookie of The Year Odds

LaMelo (+390) currently has a slight edge over last night's No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards (+480). On volume alone, this pricing makes a ton of sense. LaMelo will be competing for touches with the players like Terry Rozier and Devonte' Graham. The offense is likely to run through him from day one.

Edwards, on the other hand, is at best the third option in Minnesota. Karl-Anthony Towns is the team's clear-cut No. 1 scorer, while D'Angelo Russell slots in as the No. 2 option and primary playmaker. It'll be tough for him to match the sheer volume LaMelo can be projected to handle.

James Wiseman (+480) is tied for the second-best odds alongside Edwards. Playing with the Golden State Warriors, Wiseman has a chance to make a run if he carves out a big-enough role. However, we should note that the award has gone to a point guard or a wing in eight of the last 10 seasons. The last conventional big to win was Towns in the 2015-16 campaign.

As for the rest of the bunch, the newest New York Knick Obi Toppin checks in at +700. And two international players, Killian Hayes and Deni Avdija clock in at +950 and +1400, respectively.

Following a relatively clear-cut top six, there's a big drop in the odds, with Onyeka Okongu, Patrick Williams and Tyrese Halliburton all tied at +2000.

But with the NBA season starting in just over a month, these odds will surely continue to shift as the offseason progresses.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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