Zion Williamson Opens as Favorite to Win 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year

Max Staley
2019 NBA Draft
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Zion Williamson is one of the most-hyped NBA prospects in recent memory, and it seems the oddsmakers are expecting big things from the Duke product. The opening odds to win the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year are out, and Zion has opened as the odds-on favorite (-150), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Considering the No. 1 overall pick has won the Rookie of the Year in three of the last four seasons (although it's likely that No. 3 overall selection Luka Doncic wins the 2018-19 ROY award), Zion is well positioned to take home the award in his first season with the New Orleans Pelicans.

However, Zion will likely face some stiff competition from the No. 2 pick, Ja Morant (+400), and No. 3 selection, RJ Barrett (+550). Both Morant and Barrett look primed for huge roles with their new teams, the Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks respectively, so this race could be closer than the initial odds might say.

One long shots that's in the running for the award, but wasn't drafted last night, is Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. After a back injury forced him to miss the entire 2018-19 season, Porter Jr. is technically still a rookie and thus has a chance to win Rookie of the Year. If he proves to be healthy, he's an interesting name to look out for with his +3300 odds.

While Zion is the clear favorite to take home the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year Award, it wouldn't be a shock to see someone like Morant or Barrett give him a run for his money.

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