Ranking Top Rookies Based on Rookie of the Year Rate in the NBA

The NBA Rookie of the Year Awards has essentially become a three-way race as we get ready for the final stretch of the season after the All-Star break, but who has the upper hand in the odds?

WynnBET Sportsbook still available Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley are the overwhelming favorites to win this year’s prize at -350 odds, but Cade Cunningham (+550) and Scottie Barnes (+600) still seem to have a fighting chance.

Let’s break down each player’s nominees through the All-Star break:

Mobley’s biggest case could be the fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers made the leap from the lottery to the knockout stages during the 2021-22 season with him on the roster.

The rookie giants have played superbly at both ends of the ring, picking up 1.7 plus/minus box defences and 1.2 value over substitutes this season.

Mobley may not be the Cavs’ best player (that honor goes to Darius Garland), but he has been extremely productive, averaging 14.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists. create per game, while shooting 50.3% away.

Normally, the NBA’s Rookie of the Year awards don’t necessarily revolve around the success of the team as a whole, but Mobley has the personal numbers and team success that make him the most popular at this point in time. Season.

There is no value in betting on him at -350, but if his odds slide and his yield stays the same, there is a chance you can rejoin the band Mobley with better price.

As many would expect going into this season, Cunningham has a count was named the tournament’s rookie of the year.

However, the Pistons are once again one of the worst teams in the league, and injury has kept Cunningham out of the squad quite a bit this season. He still played 44 games, but got off to a slow start due to injury and hasn’t featured in Mobley since.

The biggest problem for Cunningham is his efficiency, as the rookie keeper has shot just 39.4 per cent on the pitch and 32.7% from three points this season. He’s not much of a help, but he’s also not putting out crazy scoring numbers, averaging 15.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

Cunningham’s only real path to the award would be the final two months of a fantastic season and bringing his points-per-game tally to almost 18 a game.

That’s a big ask, and with his team so bad, I can’t see Cunningham voters nodding Mobley with most of their numbers in the same ballpark.

Barnes there is a serious case to win this award at the start of the season, but his production and usage were influenced by OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent Jr. are all healthy.

Still, Barnes is averaging 14.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 47.0 percent long and 31.3 percent from deep.

The Raptors look like a playoff team of great caliber, which will certainly help Barnes’ case, but I’m not sure if that will be enough to push him past Mobley. The story and the odds that follow have really tilted in Mobley’s favor for a while, so it will be difficult to carve a path for Barnes to overtake him.

Barnes’ role in the Toronto offense is a lot smaller than it was at the start of the season when Siakam was on the field, but he has remained an absolute gem for Toronto since it was handed over to him by Jalen Suggs. it in the 2021 draft.

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