The top three picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green and Evan Mobley were the top picks to compete for the 2021-22 NBA Rookie of the Year before the start of the season.
Those three players are still near the top of the NBA rookie rankings after a month of NBA play, but there has been some movement among them. Mobley and Cunningham are still in the running for the award. No. 4 pick, Scottie Barnes has gained ground, while Green, who is still among the top players, has seen his odds to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award get worse at the quarter point of the 2021-22 NBA season.
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2021-22 Rookie of the Year Odds
With Evan Mobley, who was the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NBA draft, winning the October/November award for Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, his odds of capturing Rookie of the Year improved. In mid-November, Mobley was +225 to win the rookie award. He now stands at +160.
Make it a dozen for @evanmobley's swat streak!
He's the first Cavs rookie since Big Z to record a block in 12 straight games and multiple blocks in 7 straight games.#LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/AwbpAtQ341
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 4, 2021
The Cleveland Cavaliers are showing a lot of faith in the young player. He is averaging 33.8 minutes per game, which is second most on the team, and his 14.1 points per game are fifth best on the team.
Like Mobley, Scottie Barnes has cut his odds to win NBA Rookie of the Year. Barnes was the No. 4 pick of the 2021 NBA draft and he is now the No. two pick for NBA Rookie of the Year. Barnes has improved his chances by playing 35.6 minutes per game for the Toronto Raptors. Barnes leads Toronto in rebounds with 8.1 per game. He is contributing an average of 15. 3 points per game, which puts him in the no. 5 spot on the club.
Scottie adding to the repertoire each game pic.twitter.com/hKJNThatUJ
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 6, 2021
Cade Cunningham was picked first overall by the Detroit Pistons, but he didn’t make his NBA debut until the fifth game of the 2021-22 NBA season. In the games he has played, Cunningham has averaged 14 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Cunningham is logging 31.4 minutes per game. Cunningham had a slow start to the season and his odds bumped up to +500 in November, but he has found his groove and is contributing much more as of late. As such, Cunningham’s odds are now +275.
Cade Cunningham has joined LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Alvan Adams and Ben Simmons as the only players in NBA history with at least 240 pts, 100 rebs, 75 asts, 20 steals and 10 blocks through 17 career games. #Pistons
— Pistons PR (@Pistons_PR) December 3, 2021
Jalen Green was the second pick of the most recent NBA draft and was +500 to take home the NBA Rookie of the Year award before the start of the season. Green’s odds have doubled. He is now +1000 to capture the award.
Green has been out of action with a hamstring injury and is expected to be out until the middle of December. The team was 1-16 with Green in the lineup. The Houston Rockets have won seven straight since Green left the roster because of injury.
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