2022 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds Tracker: Two Favorites Tied at the Top
Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Cade Cunningham.
2022 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds
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 before it became a two-horse race come awards time. Ball ultimately won, with Anthony Edwards and Tyrese Haliburton the runners up.
This season, Scottie Barnes has emerged as the favorite. Evan Mobley was right there with him, but will now miss 2-4 weeks with a right-elbow sprain.
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.
Here’s how the odds have shifted after the first month, with Cunningham dropping then closing the gap on Barnes quickly. Mobley dropped because of an elbow injury that will keep him out for a few weeks.
Who Is the NBA Rookie of the Year Favorite?
Let’s dive into each key contender below:
T1. Scottie Barnes (+225)
It’s not very often you see a defensive stalwart who isn’t going to light it up offensively as the Rookie of the Year betting favorite. But here we are with Barnes, and he has been lighting things up offensively compared to other rookies so far this season.
The versatile 6-foot-7 wing is averaging 14.6 points, 3.3 assists and 8.4 rebounds per game while hitting just under 50% of his shots from the field so far this season. And the Raptors, despite seemingly beginning a rebuild, are better than people expect.
T1. Cade Cunningham (+225)
Cunning did not get off to an ideal start to his NBA career. The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft dealt with some injuries early in the season. But he’s healthy now, and starting to look like a No. 1 pick–currently averaging 14.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
If he can stay healthy, there might be sneaky value on Cunningham as he was the odds-on favorite to win the award at the beginning of the season.
3. Evan Mobley (+300)
The 7-footer, Mobley, was the third overall selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. He was off to a rousing start — averaging just under 15 points and rebounds per game while shooting over 50% from the field — but an elbow injury will sideline him for several weeks.
He was playing a significant role for the Cavs as a stretch four and has already scored 23+ points twice. He’s also an impact defender with 1.3 blocks per game.
4. Jalen Green (+500)
Green was the second favorite on the NBA Rookie of the Year odds board before the season as the No. 2 overall selection in the draft. It has been an up-and-down season so far for the G-League graduate. He has shown flashes of brilliance — dropping 30 points against the Boston Celtics and 24 against the Los Angeles Lakers — but he has yet to find consistency.
He’s averaging 14.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game so far. As he continues to get more comfortable as one of the Rockets’ primary scorers, those numbers could explode.
5. Josh Giddey (+1600)
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 Ball in the ABA, and he has shown flashes of that ability so far this season. He’s currently averaging 10.3 points, 5.7 assists and 7.3 rebounds per game and looks like the type of guy who will record his fair share of triple-doubles in the NBA.
6. Franz Wagner (+2800)
For better or worse, the Magic are going to get their young core minutes right away. Wagner is playing more than 30 minutes per game over the first few weeks of the season. And he’s been efficient, scoring 12.4 points per game on 36% shooting from 3. His NBA Rookie of the Year odds opened at 30-1, so there hasn’t been much movement yet.
7. Chris Duarte (+3600)
Duarte has cooled off a bit after a rousing start in the NBA. Just two weeks ago, he was in front of Josh Giddey and closer to 15-1 to win ROY. He’s currently averaging 13.1 points, 2.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Pacers.
8. Jalen Suggs (+3500)
The No. 5 overall pick in the draft has shown why he was one of the top players in college basketball last season. He’s averaging 11.8 points, 3.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game in his rookie season. If he can get his assist numbers up, he might find himself as a legitimate ROY candidate.
9. Davion Mitchell (+5000)
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.
10. Alperen Sengun (+10000)
The 16th overall pick, hailing from Turkey, is playing just 18.8 minutes per game but is a surprising entry onto this list at No. 10 for anyone not following this rookie crop closely. He’s shooting 39% from 3-point range, albeit on just over 1 attempt per game.
NBA Rookie of the Year Betting FAQ
Who Is the Rookie of the Year Favorite for 2022?
Right now, Cade Cunningham and Scottie Barnes are the 2022 ROY favorites.
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|