Dallas Mavericks rookie phenom and former Euro league superstar Luka Doncic is an overwhelming favorite to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award, according to the latest odds by BetOnline.ag.
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young and Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton are the other two finalists for the award. Luka is at odds of -3000 to win ROY, while Young and Ayton are at a far off +500 and +10000 respectively.
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Doncic led all rookies in scoring with 21.2 points per game. He is also second among all rookies in assists (6.0) and third in rebounds (7.8).
Young started the season poorly but have a strong second half. He finished the seaosn averaging 19.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 reboundse Hawks rookie led all first year player in total points (1,549) and assists (653).
Meanwhile, Aytonwas – the first overall pick by the Suns in last year’s draft – averaged 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game in 2018-19. He was the only rookie to average a double-double.
The trio also made the NBA All-Rookie team along with Memphis’s Jaren Jackson Jr and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III.
All five players were the top five picks in the 2018 draft.
The winner of the Rookie of the Year award will be named at the 2019 NBA Awards in Los Angeles on June 24.