Zion Williamson Heavy Favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year Award After Fellow Rookies Pick Him to Win

David Kaestle
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Zion Williamson is arguably the most hyped NBA rookie since LeBron James in 2003. He has been headline news from the minute he first touched the floor at Duke University last fall. Now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, Williamson is roughly two months away from the official start of his NBA career.

The incoming rookie class is now polled yearly as to who they think will have the best NBA career (Cam Reddish won that one) or who will win Rookie of the Year, and, as many expected, Zion's peers selected the No. 1 overall pick from the 2019 NBA Draft to take home the award.

While Kevin Durant is the last person to win this vote and then go on to win Rookie of the Year, Zion seems like he could buck this trend. And that's reflected in his odds to win ROY (-150), according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Zion opened as the favorite to the award and has the same odds now two months later.

In fact, since the odds were first released, only RJ Barrett and Michael Porter Jr. (a redshirt rookie) have seen their odds improve. Barrett went from +550 at open to +450 and Porter Jr. opened at +3300 and now sits at +1400.

So while the rookie class, as well as FanDuel Sportsbook, might favor Williamson to win the Rookie of the Year Award, only time will tell if he can follow in Durant's lofty footsteps.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. 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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