Now that Oklahoma City Thunders Chet Holmgren will miss his entire rookie season with a foot injury, Paolo Banchero of Orlando magic has emerged as the new favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year (ROY).
While Banchero was drafted No. 1 overall by the Magic earlier this year and opened as a favorite, Holmgren’s impressive Summer League debut propelled Gonzaga’s lanky center to the top of the ROY quotes board in multiple sports bets.
Holmgren’s unfortunate foot injury has turned the tide again, sidelining Chet for the season and putting Paolo back at the top.
The No. 2 draft pick suffered the injury while defending LeBron James at last weekend’s CrawsOver Pro-Am in Seattle. According to some reports, the course was so slippery that the event had to be abandoned.
According to Daniel Montanari, sports dealer at FOX Bet, the untimely injury further cemented Banchero as the clear favorite to win at ROY.
“With Chet Holmgren out this season through injury, Paolo Banchero is the clear favorite to win at ROY,” explained Montanari. “However, Banchero still offers the best value for money with his ability to post points and rebounds, which will go a long way in helping him secure the award.”
Banchero’s chances shortened from +250 to win the prize +200 on FOX bet. The Houston Rockets’ Jabari Smith Jr., the Sacramento Kings’ Keegan Murray and the Detroit Pistons’ Jaden Ivey are the other top contenders in the latest odds.
Let’s take a look at the updated top 10 Rookie of the Year odds FOX bet.
TOP 10 NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR ODDS*
Paolo Banchero: +200 (Wager $10 to win $30 total)
Jabari Smith Jr.: +450 (Wager $10 to win $55 total)
Keegan Murray: +550 (Wager $10 to win $65 total)
Jaden Ivey: +550 (Wager $10 to win $65 total)
Bennedict Mathurin: +1000 (Wager $10 to win $110 total)
Shaedon Sharpe: +1800 (Wager $10 to win $190 total)
Dyson Daniels: +2200 (Wager $10 to win $230 total)
Johnny Davis: +2500 (Wager $10 to win $260 total)
Jalen Williams: +3000 (Wager $10 to win $310 in total)
EJ Liddell: +3000 (Wager $10 to win $310 in total)
*Rates as of 08/26/2022
Seven foot Chet weighs only 195 lbs. and was criticized for being too thin for his height. However, his easygoing figure didn’t stop Chet from being one of the most important parts of Gonzaga’s offense. Last season, in his only season as a collegiate athlete, he averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game. Hopefully the Thunder Big Man can bounce back next season.
As for Banchero, will Duke’s 6ft 10 forward be the magic Orlando needs to be relevant again in 2022?
If you’re ready to bet on Rookie of the Year futures, head over to FOX bet to get in the action now!
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