2015 NBA Season: Rookie of the Year Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 10/23/15
October 23, 2015
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I’ve looked at some of the dark horse MVP winners, power ranked all the teams and looked at some sleeper NBA champions. Now it’s time to look at some of the guys who have a shot to win the 2015 NBA Rookie of the Year. Again, I like to look at longer shots to get more bang for my buck.
Here are some of the rookies who have a chance to take home the hardware and are actually worth some money being thrown their way.
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D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers - First off, D'Angelo Russell plays for the Lakers, so he’s already ahead of the curve given that he’ll be on national television a lot and people are always watching because, well, it’s the Lakers, duh! Russell is one of a few rookies who will likely be thrown into the starting lineup from day one and is mature enough to handle a big role right away. Russell sees the floor extremely well and does a wonderful job of creating for others. Russell is also an explosive athlete and can create his own shot with ease. Right now you can get Russell with odds of +600, which is certainly worth a look given the great situation he’s in.
Justise Winslow, Miami Heat - Justise Winslow ended up in a great situation in Miami and will be the primary backup behind Luol Deng and or Dwyane Wade at times. Given the Heat’s injury history last season, Winslow will likely pick up some starts his rookie year as well. Either way, Winslow is a great defender, a hustle guy at both ends of the floor and can go on impressive scoring stretches when he’s really feeling it. People forget that it was Winslow who put the Duke Blue Devils on his back in last year’s NCAA Championship run. While Winslow doesn’t have the privilege of starting, he will be productive and deserves a look with odds of +1400.
Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia 76ers - Quick, name three healthy players on the 76ers roster. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. Jahlil Okafor is going to be the starting center for the 76ers and will have a ton of chances to be productive considering not too many other players in Philly can do much of anything positive. Okafor is a solid defender and is an extremely talented offensive player for somebody who just turns 20 years old in December. Okafor is likely going to be very stat happy this season and could even be the 76ers leading scorer based on what we’ve seen from this team over the years. You can get Okafor with odds of +400, which you certainly can’t go wrong given the circumstances.
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks - Kristaps Porzingis went from being too skinny to play in the NBA, to a project, to starting for the Knicks opening night? I don’t get it either. What I do understand is that you can get Porzingis with odds of +2000 to win ROY. Porzingis has shot the ball well this preseason, can knock down shots from anywhere and rebounds the ball well. Oh, Porzingis also plays in New York, a city that the media and NBA community overall watches very closely. If Porzingis can catch fire early and help the Knicks remain relevant in the East, he’s winning Rookie of the Year. You can book it.
Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets - Honestly, Emmanuel Mudiay is the favorite for a reason with odds of +350. Mudiay will be the starting point guard for the Nuggets from the jump and will have every chance in the world to put up impressive numbers on a team that doesn’t have an identity. Mudiay is a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball and gives Denver great hope for the future. Given that he’ll have the ball in his hands a ton and doesn’t have many teammates he has to make happy, Mudiay is the easy pick for the 2015 NBA Rookie of the Year.