NBA Rookie of the Year Odds Update: Ja Morant Flying High As -250 Favorite

  • Bovada’s latest odds have Ja Morant as a -250 favorite to win Rookie of the Year
  • Zion Williamson has dropped to +800 but looks close to making his NBA regular-season debut
  • Warriors first-year man Eric Paschall has moved up to +1400

Zion Williamson recently went through his first full practice since suffering a preseason knee injury, but can the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft return to the court in time to win Rookie of the Year?

Attacking the rim with reckless abandon, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant has become the -250 favorite to win the award.

Let’s check the latest odds at Bovada and analyze whether anyone else can win.

2020 NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR ODDS

Player Current Odds Trending Nov. 6
Ja Morant -250 +325
Zion Williamson +800 +200
RJ Barrett +850 +350
Kendrick Nunn +850 +700
Eric Paschall +1400 N/A
Tyler Herro +1600 +1000
Rui Hachimura +1800 +900
Coby White +4500 +1600
Brandon Clarke +5500 N/A
Jarrett Culver +7000 N/A
DeAndre Hunter +7000 +3300
PJ Washington +4000 N/A
Darius Garland +7500 +200
Russell Westbrook +5000 +1400

JA MORANT

Ja Morant is so explosive that even his misses take over the Twittersphere. Shortly before the New Year, Kevin Love tweeted that the 20-year-old “almost ended his career” after Morant posterized him for a near dunk.

The Murray State product has won Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors for both October/November and December.

And while his output has been impressive — he’s averaging 17.6 points, 6.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game — it’s Morant’s jaw-dropping athleticism that makes him a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year.

In a highlight culture where only the most hardcore fans watch full games, Morant is delivering explosive content on a semi-nightly basis.

ZION WILLIAMSON

Zion Williamson was not only the heavy ROY favorite in the preseason, he remained the top contender for the award in early November even after oddsmakers learned that the 6-foot-6, 285-pound dynamo would miss at least two months with a torn meniscus.

Considering the 19-year-old averaged 23.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals in four preseason games, it’s evident that he has the raw talent to steal votes from Morant over the season’s second half.

However, with a timetable still not set on his return and last week’s frightening report that the Pelicans were retraining Williamson to walk and run differently to lessen the likelihood of future injuries, +800 looks like a sucker bet.

Let’s all hope Zion returns to full health soon and that we don’t have another Greg Oden situation on our hands.

OTHER CONTENDERS

Just missing out on Ja Morant looks like the latest sad chapter in Knicks basketball as No. 3 pick RJ Barrett (+850) continues to disappoint in New York.

The Canadian has been horribly inefficient, shooting under 40 percent from the field while averaging just 13.5 points and 2.7 assists per game.

Undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn (+850) and lottery gem Tyler Herro (+1600) have been integral to the Miami Heat’s early-season success, and with over half a season still to play, Nunn might be worth a small investment in case the high-flying Morant lands the wrong way.

Eric Paschall (+1400) has risen into the top five, but the Warriors power forward might have already hit the rookie wall, averaging just 6 points and 2.5 rebounds in his past eight games.

Pick: Ja Morant (-250)   

Steve Dominey

Steve has almost 15 years of experience in marketing, PR and sports television. After acquiring a Journalism degree from Carleton University, he assembled highlight packs for Canada's most-watched sports network (TSN) before transitioning to a career in communications. He describes himself as a good father, great dog owner, and mediocre gambler and husband.