NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: Banchero Regains Solo Lead

Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren went 1-2 in the NBA Draft, so it's no huge shocker they sit the same way as early Rookie of the Year odds favorites. Get the latest look at the early top choices to be 2022-23's best freshman.

Last Updated: Aug 2, 2022 4:31 PM ET Read Time: 3 min
Paolo Banchero Orlando Magic NBA Rookie of the Year odds
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With the offseason in full swing, NBA futures are starting to hit the board as sportsbooks serve up offerings for those already looking ahead. 

One such market is NBA Rookie of the Year odds, as next season's freshman class hits the hardwood for Summer League. 

Let's check out who has the best odds to win NBA Rookie of the Year, and profile the early leaders.

Odds to win NBA Rookie of the Year

Player Odds
Paolo Banchero +330
Chet Holmgren +420
Keegan Murray +650
Jabari Smith Jr. +700
Jaden Ivey +800
Bennedict Mathurin +1,200
Shaedon Sharpe +2,700
Dyson Daniels +3,000
Johnny Davis +3,300
Jaden Hardy +4,000
Jalen Williams +4,200
Jalen Duren +4,200
Ochai Agbaji  +4,200
Ousmane Dieng +4,200
Mark Williams +4,500
E.J. LiddellJeremy Sochan  +5,500
A.J. Griffin  +5,500
Malaki Branham +6,500
Nikola Jovic +6,500

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook, August 2, 2022.

Favorites to win NBA Rookie of the Year

Paolo Banchero (+330)

The Magic stunned most of the basketball brain trust on Draft night, taking Banchero first overall after weeks of the draft hierarchy seeming like a foregone conclusion. 

Banchero can now step in with an NBA-ready body and likely be a capable three-level scorer from Day 1. The Magic badly need an offensive presence, as they ranked a pitiful 29th in O-rating last season and 28th in true shooting percentage, with no player averaging more than Cole Anthony's 16.2 points per game.

Banchero made a pair of appearances for the Magic in the Vegas Summer League, generally impressing right from the jump: 

Despite Orlando's crowded frontcourt, Banchero can see minutes in a variety of lineups and clearly wasn't taken with the No. 1 pick to play a secondary role. Count on him being fed touches all season for a team with very few expectations. 

Chet Holmgren (+420)

The lanky, do-it-all, could-be unicorn got his wish and landed in OKC, where he'll have all the opportunity in the world to contribute to the NBA's thinnest (pun possibly intended) big man rotation.

And while Summer League is seldom indicative of actual NBA impact, our first glimpses of Chet against NBA(ish)-level competition have been pretty damn good:

Holmgren can impact games in a number of ways, and will no doubt get the minutes necessary to stuff box scores throughout his rookie campaign. The team success may not come right off the bat, but unlike Evan Mobley and Scottie Barnes last season, none of this year's top contenders should be near the playoff picture.

Keegan Murray (+650)

Jumping ahead of Jaden Ivey and Jabari Smith is none other than the Summer League MVP, Keegan Murray. Many fans shook their heads when they heard the Kings take the Iowa forward fourth overall, but Murray used that noise to propel himself to an amazing run in Vegas. 

Understanding NBA Rookie of the Year odds

Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. As the 2019-20 season progressed, with Ja Morant having been a huge favorite, his odds had a minus (-) sign ahead of the number: 

  • Ja Morant -500

This means that a bettor needs to wager $500 to win $100. Other candidates with worse odds would have a plus (+) sign ahead of the number. Early in the season, before any clear favorite is established, betting options will be listed as such: 

  • Zion Williamson +650

Here, a bettor stands to profit $650 for every $100 wagered. 

If American odds aren't your thing, simply use our odds converter to switch the odds to decimal or fractional format. Most online sportsbooks also give you the option to change the odds format that you see.

NBA Rookie of the Year history

Year NBA ROY Winner Pick No.
2021-22 Scottie Barnes 4
2020-21 LaMelo Ball 3
2019-20 Ja Morant 2
2018-19 Luka Doncic 3
2017-18 Ben Simmons 1
2016-17 Malcolm Brogdon 36
2015-16 Karl-Anthony Towns 1
2014-15 Andrew Wiggins 1
2013-14 Michael Carter-Williams 11
2012-13 Damian Lillard 6
2011-12 Kyrie Irving 1
2010-11 Blake Griffin 1
2009-10 Tyreke Evans 4
2008-09 Derrick Rose 1
2007-08 Kevin Durant 2
2006-07 Brandon Roy 6
2005-06 Chris Paul 4
2004-05 Emeka Okafor 2
2003-04 LeBron James 1
2002-03 Amar'e Stoudemire 9
2001-02 Pau Gasol 3
2000-01 Mike Miller 5
1999-00 Elton Brand, Steve Francis 1, 2

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