Odds to win the NBA Rookie of the Year: Paolo Banchero remains clear favourite
Banchero is the clear favourite in the ROTY race. Photo by John Raoux/AP.

The NBA season is underway, which makes it a good time to check in on the NBA Rookie of the Year odds as everyone is getting their first impressions of the 2022 class.

The latest: Paolo Banchero was a surprising first pick in the draft, but the big Duke product has produced right away. Bennedict Mathurin has looked great in Indiana so far and Jaden Ivey is making a significant impact for the Detroit Pistons.

Here are the latest NBA Rookie of the Year odds.

NBA Rookie of the Year odds

Check out the latest odds to win NBA Rookie of the Year. Click linked odds to add selection to your betslip.

PlayerLatest OddsOdds on January 23
Paolo Banchero-1,250-1,250
Bennedict Mathurin+800+800
Jaden Ivey+4,000+4,000
Jabari Smith Jr.+15,000+15,000
Walker Kessler+15,000+15,000
Keegan Murray+25,000+25,000
Andrew Nembhard+25,000+25,000
Jalen Williams+25,000+25,000
Shaedon Sharpe+25,000+25,000
A.J. Griffin+25,000+25,000

Odds as of 2:22 p.m. on 01/26/2023

Best NBA Rookie of the Year odds

The favourite: Paolo Banchero (-1,250)

Even if Banchero hadn't gone first overall, he would've been the best pick to bring home the hardware.

That's partially because the 20-year-old is already fully developed physically, standing at 6'10" with a solid 250-pound frame. He's also extremely polished from a skill standpoint. His bag includes interior finishing, midrange jumpers, excellent ball handling for his size, respectable efficiency from beyond the arc and even some crafty passing.

Not only does Banchero have all the offensive skills you could ask for, he's off to an outstanding start.

The Orlando Magic forward has produced 20 or more points in 26 of his first 41 NBA games and he sits atop the rookie scoring leaderboard while also contributing on the glass.

If Banchero stays healthy, this is his award to lose.

Other NBA Rookie of the Year choices

Best value: Bennedict Mathurin (+800)

If anyone is going to dethrone Banchero by filling the stat sheet it's Mathurin.

The Canadian guard has been an explosive offensive weapon for the Indiana Pacers so far, shooting the lights out and getting a heavy offensive workload. Mathurin's 25.6% usage rate should give him an excellent chance to keep scoring 17 points per game for a team that's lacking offensive weapons.

There's also room for growth for the 20-year-old from a role standpoint.

For most of the season, he's been a sixth man logging approximately 28 minutes per night, but an injury to Tyrese Haliburton has put him into the starting lineup.

If Banchero begins to slump, Mathurin is the best candidate to fill the void.

Player to watch: Jaden Ivey (+4,000)

When the Sacramento Kings passed on Ivey with the fourth pick, he found himself in the perfect spot. Joining Detroit's backcourt allowed Ivey to pair with 2021 first-overall pick Cade Cunningham, creating a dynamic thunder-and-lightning duo.

Cunningham's methodical pace, elite passing, and outside shooting were supposed to complement Ivey's unbelievable athleticism and ability to cut to the basket. Unfortunately for Ivey, the young star went down with a season-ending injury in early November.

Even without his ideal stylistic match alongside him, Ivey has been solid in his first year as a volume shooting guard putting up approximately 15 points per night and showing off some playmaking flair.

Beyond the Xs and Os, Ivey also has the advantage of being extremely entertaining to watch. He's got a good chance to keep himself top of mind for voters all year thanks to his ability to generate highlight-reel plays.

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