2022 NBA Rookie of the Year Tracker: Could Ayo Dosunmu Sneak Into the Race?
Ayo Dosunmu #12 of the Chicago Bull tries to stop Evan Mobley #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
2022 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds
Odds via DraftKings, updated on January 25. Get the best prices on all NBA futures using our odds comparison page, or learn more about American odds first.
The NBA Rookie of the Year Award has some of the most volatility of any season-long award.
Last year, we saw a previously-one-horse race open up when LaMelo Ball suffered an injury, leading to a two-horse race come awards time. Ball ultimately won, with Anthony Edwards and Tyrese Haliburton next.
This season, Evan Mobley has emerged as the favorite despite missing several games with an elbow injury. He briefly ceded his spot atop the Rookie of the Year board to Cade Cunningham and Scottie Barnes before reclaiming it in early December.
It’s basically a three-horse race based on the odds from DraftKings. The top three are all +800 or better, but Franz Wagner has made the race more interesting by climbing all the way to +1300 after opening at 30/1.
Ayo Dosunmu is making plenty of noise while playing big minutes for the first place Chicago Bulls as of late. He’s currently 100/1 to win the award.
In previous years, NBA Rookie of the Year has typically gone to someone going into the season with significant hype as a top draft pick (Ball, Ja Morant, Luka Doncic and Ben Simmons). In 2017, we saw Malcolm Brogdon come out of nowhere to win it, so there truly is no set criteria for who can win it other than having to be a rookie, of course.
Mobley, Barnes and Cunningham all check the hype box as top picks in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Here’s how the odds have shifted after the first month:
Who Is the NBA Rookie of the Year Favorite?
Evan Mobley is currently the ROY favorite. Let’s dive into each key contender below:
1. Evan Mobley (-200)
Mobley, the third pick in last year’s draft, was off to a rousing start before an elbow injury sidelined him, but he’s picked up right where he left off. He’s filling up box scores with an average of 15.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. He’s a force on both ends.
2. Scottie Barnes (+350)
Barnes has been on a tear on both sides of the court. He’s currently fourth among rookies with 14.6 points per game. The 6-foot-9 guard is also averaging 3.4 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game.
3. Cade Cunningham (+800)
Cunningham got off to a slow start thanks to injuries but has picked it up over the last couple of months. He’s now the leading scorer among rookies with 15.7 points per game. He should remain in the conversation for most of the season as the No. 1 pick and as long as he continues to put up points, this could be worth a flyer at this number.
4. Franz Wagner (+1300)
Wagner is the fastest riser on the board this season after opening at 30/1 odds. He got himself up to +900 before falling back down to earth. Wagner is currently second among rookies in scoring with 15.4 points per game. He should continue to play a big role for the Magic this season as they continue to rebuild.
5. Josh Giddey (+2000)
Possibly the biggest surprise of the rookies thus far, Giddey hasn’t taken long to adapt to the NBA game after coming over from Australia. He put up similar numbers to LaMelo Ball in the ABA, and he has shown flashes of that ability so far this season.
Giddey leads all rookies in assists per game at 6.2 and has been a key contributor for the Thunder so far.
6. Jalen Green (+5000)
The No. 2 overall pick and G-League graduate has been dealing with various injuries throughout the season. He’s still averaging over 14 points per game but will need some big performance to vault himself back into the conversation.
7. Chris Duarte (+5000)
As a 24-year-old, it hasn’t taken Duarte long to adapt to the NBA. He’s currently averaging 13.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Pacers.
8. Ayo Dosunmu (+10000)
Dosunmu is beginning to play a key role for the first-place Bulls. He dropped 24 points in a one-point win over the OKC Thunder. The former Illini is averaging almost 40 minutes per game over his last five games. There’s some value on him even at 100/1.
9. Alperen Sengun (+20000)
The 16th overall pick, hailing from Turkey, is playing just 18 minutes per game but is a surprising entry onto this list at No. 10 for anyone not following this rookie crop closely.
Sengun has been efficient with his opportunities, turning those 18 minutes per game with 8.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
10. Davion Mitchell (+20000)
Mitchell has contributed double-digit points per game off the bench for the Kings and could work his way into more minutes as the season progresses. Mitchell was a high-energy, athletic defender in college, which may not help his Rookie of the Year campaign right away.
11. Jalen Suggs (+20000)
The No. 5 overall pick in the draft is getting minutes for the Magic and filling up the box score a bit, but he’s been inefficient. Suggs is shooting just 36.5% from the field and averaging 12.9 points per game for an Orlando team at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
NBA Rookie of the Year Betting FAQ
Who Is the Rookie of the Year Favorite for 2022?
Right now, Evan Mobley is the 2022 Rookie of the Year favorite.
When Does the NBA Announce Rookie of the Year Winner?
NBA awards are normally announced in late June.
Past NBA Rookie of the Year Winners
|2001||Mike Miller||Orlando Magic|
|2002||Pau Gasol||Memphis Grizzlies|
|2003||Amar’e Stoudemire||Phoenix Suns|
|2004||LeBron James||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2005||Emeka Okafor||Charlotte Bobcats|
|2006||Chris Paul||New Orleans Hornets|
|2007||Brandon Roy||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2008||Kevin Durant||Seattle SuperSonics|
|2009||Derrick Rose||Chicago Bulls|
|2010||Tyreke Evans||Sacramento Kings|
|2011||Blake Griffin||Chris Paul|
|2012||Kyrie Irving||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2013||Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2014||Michael Carter-Williams||Philadelphia 76ers|
|2015||Andrew Wiggins||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2016||Karl-Anthony Towns||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2017||Malcolm Brogdon||Milwaukee Bucks|
|2018||Ben Simmons||Philadelphia 76ers|
|2019||Luka Dončić||Dallas Mavericks|
|2020||Ja Morant||Memphis Grizzlies|
|2021||LaMelo Ball||Charlotte Hornets|
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