Minnesota Timberwolves first-year forward Anthony Edwards would be the NBA Rookie of the Year in another season. He finished the season averaging 19.3 points,4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He's already had four games where he's scored 30 or more points, two of which he's hit the 40-plus mark.
However, he has to deal with Charlotte Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball, who's already looked like he's been in the league for years. Ball's playmaking ability is uncanny as he can set up teammates from insane angles. His seamless transition to the NBA level is a reason why he's been favored to win ROY most of the season.
At +700, Edwards is making a late push to close in on Ball's odds (-1050) to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Anthony Edwards ROY Odds
When Ball went down with a wrist injury in late March, some people thought that his season was over and that it would open up the door for Edwards to be named the league's top rookie. However, Ball bounced back and ended up returning to the lineup on May 1. Even though it's amazing to see him return to form, his comeback does make it harder for Minnesota's rookie to take home the award.
Still, never say never when it comes to NBA awards. After all, Edwards does have some things going for him. He led all rookies in points per game and free throws made. He also held the top spots for the most field goals made out of all first-year players in 2020-21 with 505. If that wasn't impressive enough, the next-closest total was 316 scored by Houston Rockets small forward Jae'Sean Tate. Edwards also did something that only 10 other players did this season and that was playing all 72 games, whereas Ball suited up in just 51.
Despite everything he's done, Edwards is still a major underdog in the Rookie of the Year race. While it may be difficult for him to win, it's encouraging to see his odds heading in the right direction.
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