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NBA Rookie of the Year Odds & Predictions

  • Get the most recent 2024 NBA Regular Season Rookie of the Year odds!

  • San Antonio Spurs big man Victor Wembanyama remains the favorite to win Rookie of the Year!

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A new name reaches the top of the Rookie of the Year race as Chet Holmgren of the Oklahoma City Thunder claims the top spot from longtime favorite Victor Wembanyama! Every game impacts the league's top talent, and we are committed to monitoring and providing you with the latest odds, predictions, and in-depth analyses as the Rookie of the Year race unfolds. Stay tuned for comprehensive coverage throughout the season.

After an avalanche of team success and impressive individual performances, Chet Holmgren has claimed the top spot for Rookie of the Year. Despite his lack of team success, Victor Wembanyama's outstanding individual play drops him to just the top contender spot. Meanwhile, in the East, Ausar Thompson and Brandon Miller are joined by Heat rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. for the title of the top contending rookie from the East.

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NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

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Chet HolmgrenOklahoma City Thunder-145
Victor WembanyamaSan Antonio Spurs-110
Ausar ThompsonDetroit Pistons+10000
Jaime Jaquez Jr.Miami Heat+12000
Brandon MillerCharlotte Hornets+20000
Scoot HendersonPortland Trail Blazers+25000
Keyonte GeorgeUtah Jazz+40000
Jordan HawkinsNew Orleans Pelicans+40000
Amen ThompsonHouston Rockets+45000
Anthony BlackOrlando Magic+45000

WSN’s Pick

Our Pick: Victor Wembanyama to Win NBA Rookie of the Year (-110 at FanDuel)

Victor Wembanyama continues to impress. Not only is his feel for the offensive side of the game already at the top level, but he’s been a force on the defensive side of the ball. Putting his name in the running for Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Wembanyama’s impact is almost unmatched among his rookie class.

NBA Rookie of the Year Predictions

Who Is the Favorite to Win NBA Rookie of the Year in 2024?

(F-C) Victor Wembanyama - 7-4, 209 lb (224 cm, 94 kg) - France (-145)

2023-24OKC211629.918. / .5641.8 / .438

Chet Holmgren unseats Victor Wembanyama from pole position in the Rookie of the Year race for the first time this season. While their numbers are similar, Holmgren’s contribution to winning while stepping up against top-level competition has earned his place as the favorite for Rookie of the Year. Putting up 30-plus point efforts against the Sixers and Warriors while helping their team to a top-six spot in the conference is enough to consider Holmgren a Rookie of the Year favorite.

Who Are the Other 2024 NBA Rookie of the Year Contenders?

(F-C) Victor Wembanyama - 7-4, 209 lb (224 cm, 94 kg) - France (-110) at FanDuel

2023-24SAS201429.918. / .4241.5 / .269

Victor Wembanyama continues to impress. While his San Antonio Spurs have a lot to work on, he’s proven to be one of the most influential players in the NBA. Already a capable scorer, fine-tuning his production and efficiency could send Wembanyama to the top in no time. A contender for Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Wembanyama has the potential to jump right back into the favorite spot for the top first-year prize.

(F) Ausar Thompson - 6-7, 215lb (201 cm, 97kg) - United States (+10000) at FanDuel

2023-24DET211730.311. / .4600.2 / .129

Defensive ace Ausar Thompson has proven he can play at the NBA level, even if his game still needs a lot of polishing. While his shooting isn’t up to standard, he’s shown that his defense and rebounding are already at an NBA level. Thompson’s Pistons are the worst team in the NBA, but don’t let the losses detract you from seeing the value of his contributions. 

(F) Jaime Jaquez Jr. - 6-6, 225lb (198cm, 102kg) - United States (+12000) at FanDuel

2023-24MIA221725.811. / .5071.3 / .400

Forcing his way into the Rookie of the Year conversation is Miami Heat first-year Jaime Jaquez Jr. The UCLA product wasn’t projected to be a contender for the award or even a first-round selection. Still, through the gritty work ethic that earned him a storied UCLA career, he’s now mentioned among his class’ top rookies. His efficiency and contributions to one of the NBA’s top teams are the most significant factors in his jump in the odds table.

NBA Rookie of the Year FAQ

Who was the 2023 NBA Rookie of the Year?

The 2023 NBA Rookie of the Year Award winner was Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic. Banchero was just the third Orlando Magic rookie to win the award after Shaquille O'Neal in 1993 and Mike Miller in 2001.

Banchero stood out in his rookie season, playing 72 games while averaging 20.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists on 42.7% from the field and 29.8% from three-point range. While Banchero's Magic failed to make the NBA Playoffs, he proved to be a solid foundation for the franchise's future.

Banchero was the clear favorite to win Rookie of the Year through the 2022-23 NBA season. The Orlando Magic forward garnered 98.0 first-place votes, collecting 494.0 points through the voting process. Second was Thunder guard Jalen Willams in the award race, collecting 75.0 second-place votes but no first-place votes. Third place was won by Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler, who collected two first-place votes and 17.0 second-place votes.

When Will the NBA Rookie of the Year Winner be Announced?

The Rookie of the Year Award winner is expected to be announced following the conclusion of the NBA regular season and Play-In Tournament. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the NBA Awards show was delayed and subsequently canceled.

Last year the various NBA awards were announced either individually by the winner's team or on a live broadcast of Inside the NBA. These happen during unscheduled dates during the NBA Playoffs.

Does the NBA Rookie of the Year Receive A Prize?

The NBA Rookie of the Year Award winner doesn't receive a prize directly. The Rookie of the Year wins the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy to commemorate their accomplishment. In terms of cash incentives or bonuses, there are few.

While many player contracts have built-in performance incentives that provide bonuses based on statistical accomplishment, no such agreement is known to exist in rookie contracts.

The Rookie of the Year prize is the ability to write their name into the annals of NBA history. Winning Rookie of the Year increases a player's opportunity for exposure, endorsements, and nationally broadcasted games.

Does Fan Vote Determine the NBA Rookie of the Year?

The Rookie of the Year is not decided by fan vote. Fan voting is reserved for the NBA All-Star game, as the event celebrates what the viewing public appreciates about the first phase of the NBA season. A panel of United States and Canadian sportswriters and broadcasters selects the Rookie of the Year Award winner. The panel casts a first-, second-, and third-place vote (worth five, three, and one point, respectively); the rookie with the highest combined vote wins the award.

Has There Ever Been a Unanimous Rookie of the Year?

Multiple unanimous Rookie of the Year winners have existed throughout the award's history. These players dominated their draft class in terms of production and success, making it clear to the voting panel that they are the best of their year: Ralph Sampson (1984), David Robinson (1990), Blake Griffin (2011), Damian Lillard (2013), Karl-Anthony Towns (2016).

Have There Ever Been Joint Rookie of the Year Winners?

On three occasions, the NBA has named co-winners for the Rookie of the Year award. Rather than instituting some form of a tiebreaker, the league decided to celebrate both players as prize winners. The joint winners of the Rookie of the Year trophy were Elton Brand and Steve Francis (2000), Grant Hill and Jason Kidd (1995), and Dave Cowens and Geoff Petrie (1971).

Has an International Player Ever Won Rookie of the Year?

Four international players who are not American by nationality or representation won the Rookie of the Year Award. 

Those players were: Luka Doncic - Slovenia (2019), Ben Simmons - Australia (2018), Andrew Wiggins - Canada (2015), Pau Gasol - Spain (2002).

Despite being American by nationality, additional players were born outside the United States to have won Rookie of the Year. Patrick Ewing (2002) was born in Jamaica, and Kyrie Irving was born in Australia, although both players own American nationality and have represented the United States Men's National Team.

Which College Produces the Most Rookie of the Year Winners?

The University of North Carolina has produced the most Rookie of the Year winners in NBA history.

Those winners were: Bob McAdoo (1973) - Buffalo Braves, Walter Davis (1978) - Phoenix Suns, Phil Ford (1979) - Kansas City Kings, Michael Jordan (1985) - Chicago Bulls, Vince Carter (1999) - Toronto Raptors.

Who Won the First NBA Rookie of the Year Award?

The inaugural winner of the Rookie of the Year Award was Don "Monk" Meineke of the Fort Wayne Pistons. A 6-7 power forward, Meineke averaged 10.7 points and 6.9 rebounds over 68 games played in his first NBA season. 

Meineke also owns the dubious record of leading the league in personal fouls and disqualifications during his Rookie of the Year campaign. He recorded 334 personal fouls, 4.9 per game, over 68 games and was disqualified 26 times. Meineke still holds the NBA single-season record for disqualifications.

Who is the Youngest Ever NBA Rookie of the Year?

At 19 years old, born August 22nd, LaMelo Ball was the youngest player named Rookie of the Year. Five other players were 19 when they won the award.

Who is the Oldest Ever NBA Rookie of the Year?

At 24 years old, born December 11th, Brogdon earned the unofficial award of oldest Rookie of the Year in the history of the NBA. Two other players were also 24 when they won Rookie of the Year.

Which NBA Franchise Produced the Most NBA Rookie of the Year Winners?

The Golden State Warriors have produced the most Rookie of the Year winners in NBA history. With six different winners, the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors, and Philadelphia Warriors, no other team has produced more Rookie of the Year winners. 

The Rookie of the Year Award winners for the Golden State Warriors were: Woody Sauldsberry (1958), Wilt Chamberlain (1960), Rick Barry (1966), Jamaal Wilkes (1975), Mitch Richmond (1989), Chris Webber (1994).

Which NBA Franchises Have Never Produced a Rookie of the Year?

Only two teams have failed to produce a Rookie of the Year winner: the Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat.

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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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