Zion Williamson's Rookie of the Year Odds Continue to Drop Amid Knee Injury Concerns

Dan Israeli
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After a few nights of the 2019-20 NBA season, Zion Williamson's odds to become Rookie of the Year continue to decrease, as the Duke product and number one draft pick is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with a torn right meniscus. He is now +180 to win the award, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, despite the fact he could miss as many as 30 games, if not more, recovering from knee surgery.

Ja Morant, the second overall pick from the 2019 NBA Draft, currently has the best odds of upsetting Williamson for the award, as the Memphis Grizzlies' point guard is +275 to take home the trophy. In his NBA debut against the Miami Heat, Morant totaled 14 points, four assists and four rebounds, playing 25 minutes in the loss.

RJ Barrett, taken third overall by the New York Knicks, has the third best odds at +450, following his 21-point debut in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Barrett is arguably Zion's biggest competition to lead rookies in scoring, which could be a good indication of his chances to win the award, especially if Williamson were to miss too many games to be considered.

Rui Hachimura is one of the biggest odds movers, as he is now +900 to win Rookie of the Year, moving up from +1100 earlier in the week. Hachimura is starting at power forward for the talent-deprived Washington Wizards, and dropped a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in his NBA debut.

Another intriguing name in the early Rookie of the Year race is PJ Washington of the Charlotte Hornets at +2200. The 12th overall pick out of Kentucky had a monster performance in the season opener, scoring 27 points, while hitting seven threes in his NBA debut.

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