It’s Time for the Simmons Show



There are still two and a half months remaining in the 2016-17 NBA season, but there’s no question which young gun will win the Rookie of the Year Award.

Joel Embiid’s chances of winning the hardware came in at +600 back in October, but he’s now an astronomical -2500 favorite to earn the bragging rights at Bovada. Malcolm Brogdon (+2000), Ben Simmons (+2500), Jamal Murray (+3300), Brandon Ingram (+3300), Buddy Hield (+3300), Dario Saric (+3300) and Pascal Siakam (+3300) were also available to bet on as of February 1.

Embiid’s transformation from unknown product to one of the best big men in the league in a matter of months has truly been something to behold. The Cameroon native is averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field in limited action.

As a result, the Philadelphia 76ers are looking like a legitimate basketball team again for the first time in recent memory and occupy the 13th spot in the Eastern Conference with an 18-29 record.

It really is saying something about the top-heavy talent of this year’s rookie class when Simmons has the third-best odds to win the Rookie of the Year Award before playing a single game. The first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by Philadelphia underwent foot surgery before the season started but is expected to make his Sixers debut very soon.

2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Odds as of February 1 at Bovada

  • Joel Embiid -2500
  • Malcolm Brogdon +2000
  • Ben Simmons +2500
  • Jamal Murray +3300
  • Brandon Ingram +3300
  • Buddy Hield +3300
  • Dario Saric +3300
  • Pascal Siakam +3300

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Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Kris Dunn was the favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award when the campaign tipped off, but it’s already become a one-man race after only a month for a man who calls himself “The Process.”

Joel Embiid is the new -400 fave to garner the bragging rights at Bovada, with Jamal Murray (+900), Dunn (+1000), Brandon Ingram (+1400), Dario Saric (+1600), Buddy Hield (+1600) and Ben Simmons (+3000) behind him. Embiid was +600 at the start of the year.

There were major question marks surrounding Embiid, which was bound to happen considering the big man was forced to miss two seasons due to various foot injuries after getting drafted with the third overall pick in 2014. But the native of Cameroon has silenced the doubters by averaging 18.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in his first 12 contests.

What’s even more impressive is he’s been able to do it on a minutes restriction. The 22-year-old is playing only 22.8 minutes per game, as the Sixers organization eases him into the NBA workload after being sidelined for so long. Injuries are always going to be a concern for Embiid when you factor in his history, but as long as he stays healthy, it looks like the Rookie of the Year race won’t be nearly as competitive as many expected.

Is there value in backing anyone else on the board? Simmons is an interesting shot at +3000, but he may have already missed too much time to overtake any of the other players on the list. Simmons hasn’t played a regular season game yet after going down with a broken foot in the preseason.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown told reporters on December 1 that the LSU product will be the team’s point guard when he returns, so it’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out.

Murray and Dunn have both made a seamless transition to the pro game, and it’s a toss-up as to which one would become the ROY fave if Embiid suffers another serious injury. Murray would be my preference between the two, as the Canadian has already earned the trust of Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone and is averaging 10.4 points and 22.2 minutes per game.

2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Odds as of December 2 at Bovada

  • Joel Embiid (PHI) -400
  • Jamal Murray (DEN) +900
  • Kris Dunn (MIN) +1000
  • Brandon Ingram (LAL) +1400
  • Dario Saric (PHI) +1600
  • Buddy Hield (NO) +1600
  • Ben Simmons (PHI) +3000

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The Philadelphia 76ers were dealt a major blow when prized rookie Ben Simmons suffered a fracture in his foot in preseason play, sidelining him for at least three months. In light of the news, oddsmakers were forced to quickly adjust.

Simmons, who was a +150 favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award prior to the injury, has seen his odds drop to +400 at 5Dimes. Minnesota’s Kris Dunn is the new front-runner at +350, with New Orleans’ Buddy Hield right behind him at +375.

After Simmons, it’s Brandon Ingram (+550), Joel Embiid (+600), Denzel Valentine (+1600), Jamal Murray (+2000), Thon Maker (+2000), Wade Baldwin (+2500) and Marquese Chriss (+2500) rounding out the top 10.

Since Summer League, it seems any well-connected person around the Association can’t stop raving about Dunn. The Providence product is technically behind Ricky Rubio on the Timberwolves’ depth chart, but there’s plenty of speculation that Rubio will be dealt to make way for the 22-year-old.

Hield didn’t have a good Summer League, but that’s in the rear-view mirror now. The Pelicans are perennially bitten by the injury bug, and that should create even more room for Hield in Alvin Gentry’s system. The Bahamian may struggle out of the gate, but once he finds his footing, his numbers – and odds – will rise.

Embiid at +600 is still my favorite pick on the board. The hulking seven-footer is finally healthy, and the rest of the NBA has been put on notice. Embiid dominated in the preseason while silencing critics who claimed he was the next Greg Oden. Philly’s frontcourt is crowded, but don’t let that deter you. This guy is the real deal.

2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Odds as of October 13 at 5Dimes

  • Kris Dunn +350
  • Buddy Hield +375
  • Ben Simmons +400
  • Brandon Ingram +550
  • Joel Embiid +600
  • Denzel Valentine +1600
  • Jamal Murray +2000
  • Thon Maker +2000
  • Wade Baldwin +2500
  • Marquese Chriss +2500
  • Jaylen Brown +3000
  • Caris Levert +3500
  • Domantas Sabonis +3500
  • Dragan Bender +3500
  • Malachi Richardson +4000
  • Jakob Poeltl +4000
  • Taurean Prince +4000

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The 2016-17 NBA season is only a month away, and sportsbooks are gearing up for another exciting year on the hardwood. When it comes to Rookie of the Year Award odds, one youngster is far and away ahead of the pack.

At Bovada, Ben Simmons is a +150 favorite to claim the hardware. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers was recently referred to as a “LeBron-type player” by Shaquille O’Neal, and it’s hard to argue with that statement. Simmons has all of the tools, drive and opportunity on a bad team to put up some gaudy numbers in his debut campaign.

If you were going to knock Simmons on anything, it would be his skinny frame. But on September 26, the proud Australian told reporters he had bulked up to 250 lbs during the summer. Simmons came in at 217 lbs at LSU, so that’s a scary thought for the rest of the league.

Brandon Ingram (+650), Kris Dunn (+700), Joel Embiid (+900), Buddy Hield (+1400), Denzel Valentine (+1800), Jaylen Brown (+2000), Jamal Murray (+2000), Thon Maker (+2000) and Domantas Sabonis (+2500) round out the top 10 at the shop.

In a poll done by the incoming rookie class, it’s Dunn who has the best chance to become the Rookie of the Year according to NBA.com. Dunn is joining a Minnesota Timberwolves team that’s on the rise, and it’s only a matter of time before he replaces Ricky Rubio as the starting point guard. The Providence product averaged 24 points per game on 54 percent shooting in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Looking for value? Consider Simmons’ teammate, Joel Embiid. Due to a litany of injuries that forced him to sit out for two years, many people forget that Embiid is technically still a rookie. The 22-year-old appears to be finally healthy, and he could be one of the year’s most surprising players if he can piece it together.

Check out the list of odds here. Who are you putting your money on?

2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Odds as of September 28 at Bovada

  • Ben Simmons (PHI) +150
  • Brandon Ingram (LAL) +650
  • Kris Dunn (MIN) +700
  • Joel Embiid (PHI) +900
  • Buddy Hield (NO) +1400
  • Denzel Valentine (CHI) +1800
  • Jaylen Brown (BOS) +2000
  • Jamal Murray (DEN) +2000
  • Thon Maker (MIL) +2000
  • Domantas Sabonis (OKC) +2500
  • Taurean Prince (ATL) +2500
  • Brice Johnson (LAC) +2500
  • Wade Baldwin (MEM) +3300
  • Dragen Bender (PHO) +3300
  • Caris LeVert (BKN) +5000
  • Marquese Chriss (PHO) +5000
  • Malachi Richardson (SAC) +5000
  • Kay Felder (CLE) +5000
  • Jakob Poeltl (TOR) +5000

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The 2016-17 NBA campaign will feature no shortage of young talent, but sportsbooks are clearly putting all of their eggs in one basket when it comes to which youngster is expected to win the Rookie of the Year Award.

At Bovada, Ben Simmons is now a +150 favorite to garner the hardware. Just a few weeks ago, his odds sat at +225.

Brandon Ingram (+650), Kris Dunn (+700), Joel Embiid (+900) and Buddy Hield (+1600) round out the top five at the shop. Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, blossomed in Summer League and deserves to be the frontrunner in this regard.

Ingram’s odds have slightly fallen from +450 to +650 in that span. The Duke product arguably has the highest ceiling out of any rookie, but he’s not quite as NBA-ready as Simmons.

Embiid is the biggest question mark of the bunch. The 22-year-old was initially selected in 2014 but has yet to make his debut due to a litany of injuries. Embiid recently posted an Instagram video of himself making some impressive moves, so his health issues appear to be in the rear-view mirror.

Denzel Valentine is another player who excelled in Summer League, as the shooting guard played a big part in the Chicago Bulls’ championship run. He’ll be in tough to surpass the likes of Simmons, Ingram, Dunn and Embiid, but +1800 looks like fantastic value for the former Michigan State Spartan.

2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Odds as of August 9 at Bovada

  • Ben Simmons (PHI) +150
  • Brandon Ingram (LAL) +650
  • Kris Dunn (MIN) +700
  • Joel Embiid (PHI) +900
  • Buddy Hield (NO) +1600
  • Denzel Valentine (CHI) +1800
  • Jaylen Brown (BOS) +2000
  • Jamal Murray (DEN) +2000
  • Thon Maker (MIL) +2000
  • Domantas Sabonis (OKC) +2000
  • Taurean Prince (ATL) +2500
  • Brice Johnson (LAC) +2500
  • Wade Baldwin (MEM) +3300
  • Dragen Bender (PHO) +3300
  • Caris LeVert (BKN) +3300
  • Marquese Chriss (PHO) +3300
  • Malachi Richardson (SAC) +3300
  • Kay Felder (CLE) +3300
  • Jakob Poeltl (TOR) +5000

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The 2016-17 NBA season is still months away, but that’s not stopping books from getting futures ready on the next generation of young basketball talent.

At BetOnline, Philadelphia 76ers newcomer Ben Simmons is a +225 favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award. Brandon Ingram (+450), Kris Dunn (+600), Buddy Hield (+700) and Dario Saric (+900) round out the top five at the shop.

Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, was the only player selected in the first-round that was recently named to the first team in Summer League. The LSU product displayed great court vision, pinpoint passing and the versatility to play multiple positions in Las Vegas, and he deserves to be the front-runner in this category.

Since the odds were put up last month, Saric’s name has been added to the list. That’s because the Croatian has announced he will leave Europe for the NBA and join the 76ers for the upcoming campaign. Saric is somewhat of a wild card heading into the year, but his 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in Euroleague shows he’s ready to compete on the biggest stage right now.

Superstar Kevin Durant recently said looking at Ingram was like “looking into a mirror,” which tells you all you need to know about the promising prospect. Ingram will have ample room to grow with the Los Angeles Lakers’ young core, which means a shot at him at +450 odds looks safe.

Dunn and Hield were on opposite ends of the spectrum in Summer League. Dunn was lights-out for the Minnesota Timberwolves while Hield couldn’t get anything going for the New Orleans Pelicans. It’s extremely early, yet it’s hard to see Hield surpassing some of the other names on this list to win the hardware.

Who are you putting your money on? Let us know in the comments.

2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Odds as of July 20 at Bovada

  • Ben Simmons +225
  • Brandon Ingram +450
  • Kris Dunn +600
  • Buddy Hield +700
  • Dario Saric +900
  • Jamal Murray +1000
  • Joel Embiid +1200
  • Denzel Valentine +1600
  • Thon Maker +1800
  • Taurean Prince +2200
  • Marquese Chriss +2500
  • Wade Baldwin +2500
  • Jaylen Brown +2500
  • Dragen Bender +3300

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The 2016 NBA Draft is in the books, and now the freshest faces in the Association will begin the road of preparing for their first full season in the pros.

Looking for Rookie of the Year Award odds? Bovada has you covered. No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons is the +325 favorite to win the hardware at the shop, but it gets interesting after that.

Buddy Hield (+550), Brandon Ingram (+650), Kris Dunn (+750), Denzel Valentine (+1200), Jamal Murray (+1200), Joel Embiid (+1400), Wade Baldwin (+1600), Marquese Chriss (+1600) and Thon Maker (+1600) are also in the mix at the top of odds lists.

Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers, Simmons will get ample opportunity to play on a young roster that’s slowly coming together. The Sixers have been downright atrocious over the past few seasons, but a bet on Simmons at a price of +325 looks to be a safe play in this regard.

Hield, who was taken sixth overall by the New Orleans Pelicans, is a lights-out shooter that can contribute right away. The Bahamian won the John R. Wooden Award for the best college basketball player in the 2015-16 campaign after averaging 25 points per game at Oklahoma.

Many hoops pundits praised Ingram as an even better prospect than Simmons, and it’s a fair argument. At the tender age of 18, the Duke product has tons of room to grow in the Lakers’ young core. The sky is the limit for this kid.

The case for Dunn as Rookie of the Year is intriguing. Widely regarded as the top point guard in the Draft, Dunn will be groomed as the future floor general in Minnesota. Ricky Rubio has occupied the starting spot for years, but it’s heavily rumored the Wolves will try and move him in the offseason to make room for Dunn. If that happens, his price of +750 will be a downright bargain.

2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Odds as of June 27 at Bovada

  • Ben Simmons (PHI) +325
  • Buddy Hield (NO) +550
  • Brandon Ingram (LAL) +650
  • Kris Dunn (MIN) +750
  • Denzel Valentine (CHI) +1200
  • Jamal Murray (DEN) +1200
  • Joel Embiid (PHI) +1400
  • Wade Baldwin (MEM) +1600
  • Marquese Chriss (PHO) +1600
  • Thon Maker (MIL)+1600
  • Taurean Prince (ATL) +1600
  • Jaylen Brown (BOS) +2000
  • Dragen Bender (PHO) +2000
  • Malachi Richardson (SAC) +2000
  • Caris LeVert (BKN) +2000
  • Brice Johnson (LAC) +2000
  • Jakob Poeltl (TOR) +2500
  • Domantas Sabonis (OKC) +2800

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In the least surprising hoops news of the day, Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns is the runaway favorite to win the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

As of March 8, Towns is a massive -1800 fave at Bovada, with Kristaps Porzingis (+750), Jahlil Okafor (+1400) and the field (+3500) also available. To put that into perspective, the big man was -250 just over a month ago to garner the award.

If you’ve watched Towns play this year, that shouldn’t surprise you. The Kentucky product is averaging 17.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting a sizzling 54.6 percent from the field through 64 contests.

Despite their underwhelming record (20-44), the Wolves have made some significant strides this year and are arguably the most talented young team in the NBA. While they won’t be appearing in the postseason this spring, they’re a squad that’s poised to make some significant noise in the future, and Towns is the center piece of the bunch.

Needless to say, the value in backing Towns is gone at this point, however, Porzingis at +750 will look extremely appealing for anyone who thinks the Latvian has a chance. Porzingis’ put back dunks, sweet shooting and fun-loving personality have snagged a lot of headlines this season, but it’s going to take a miracle for anyone to beat out Towns.

2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Odds as of March 8 at Bovada

  • Karl-Anthony Towns -1800
  • Kristaps Porzingis +750
  • Jahlil Okafor +1400
  • Any other player +3500

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As we pass the midpoint of the pro basketball season, the battle to be crowned NBA Rookie of the Year is a one horse race at sportsbooks.

2015 No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns sits atop of the ROY odds at Bovada with a -250 shot to garner the award at the shop. As of February 2, the Minnesota Timberwolves big man was averaging 16.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting a sizzling .538 from the field.

Towns has often looked like the best player on the Timberwolves this year – no easy task considering the plethora of talented young players on the Wolves’ roster. The Kentucky product’s defensive ability was well known to hoop heads entering the season, however, it’s his offense that’s made him stand head and shoulders above the rest of his draft class. Towns’ seamless transition to the NBA has been a treat to watch, and he’s gotten better as the season has unfolded.

Don’t forget about Kristaps

Despite his dominance, Towns has been overshadowed by New York Knicks freak of nature Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis has created one of the best storylines in the league this year, as the Latvian has gone from getting booed at the NBA Draft to capturing the hearts of Knicks fans thanks to his amazing abilities on both ends of the floor. Simply put, 7’3” power forwards should not be able to do the things Porzingis can do. “Three Six Latvia” may grab more headlines, but he’s slightly behind Towns in ROY odds (+210).

Jahlil Okafor (+650), Emmanuel Mudiay (+5000) and D’Angelo Russell (+5000) round out the rest of the list. Okafor has impressed in his first year in the City of Brotherly Love, but he’s just as much of a long shot as Mudiay and Russell thanks to the play of the aforementioned young guns.

Who are you putting your money on? Let us know in the comment section.

2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Odds as of February 2 at Bovada

  • Karl-Anthony Towns -250
  • Kristaps Porzingis +210
  • Jahlil Okafor +650
  • Emmanuel Mudiay +5000
  • D’Angelo Russell +5000

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The 2015 NBA Draft class was perceived as one of the deepest in over a decade, and this year’s rookies have certainly lived up to the hype so far. In the eyes of oddsmakers, one young man has done just enough to stand head and shoulders above the rest of his peers: Karl-Anthony Towns.

The No. 1 overall pick has exceeded expectations and then some in his first season with the young Minnesota Timberwolves. Through January 7, Towns was averaging 15.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting a sizzling .524 percent from the field. As a result, online sportsbook Bovada has tabbed Towns as a healthy -333 favorite to capture the 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

Despite Towns’ success, he’s been overshadowed by a certain 7’3” Latvian center who plays for the New York Knicks. Kristaps Porzingis (or “Porzingod” as many Knicks fans have labeled him) has been one of the best stories in the Association so far.

New York was heavily criticized by many after they selected Porzingis with the fourth overall pick last year, but no one is doubting the pick now. Porzingis has breathed new life into a Knicks franchise that needed a boost and is averaging 13.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game at the ripe age of 20. The European big man has the second best odds (+300) of garnering the award at the shop.

Jahlil Okafor has had the most off-court issues of anyone in the draft class, but there’s no arguing the impact the Duke product has had on the hapless Philadelphia 76ers. Okafor currently has a +600 longshot to become the top rookie, however, those odds could be lowered significantly if he finishes the year strong.

2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Odds as of January 7 at Bovada

  • Karl-Anthony Towns -333
  • Kristaps Porzingis +300
  • Jahlil Okafor +600
  • Emmanuel Mudiay +3500
  • D’Angelo Russell +5000



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