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NBA Rookie of the Year Predictions Ahead of 2019-20 Opening Night

Max Staley
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The NBA season tips off tonight with a clash between the New Orleans Pelicans and Toronto Raptors, followed by a rivalry game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

Opening night also brings us our first glimpse at the 2019-20 NBA rookie class. While Zion Williamson's much-anticipated debut will have to be put on hold due to a knee injury, this still looks to be a strong class.

With that in mind, here are some expert predictions for the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year award.

NBA Rookie of the Year Predictions

Bill Simmons (The Ringer)
Bill Simmons is picking Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant, who is available at +260 according to FanDuel Sportsbook, to take home the award. He's also taking Miami's Tyler Herro (+1400) to finish second.

Of the 19 ESPN experts that made a prediction on this race, eight are taking Morant, while seven are picking Zion (+125). The remaining four votes were split between Coby White (+2000), who received two votes, while Michael Porter Jr. (+1600) and RJ Barrett (+450) each received one vote apiece.

All nine of the experts at CBS unanimously picked Zion to win the award. However, we should note that this article was published before Zion's recovery timetable was set at six-to-eight weeks.

That's 16 of the 29 experts we highlighted here picking Zion to win the award, while Morant appears to be the clear No. 2, earning nine votes.

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