2022-23 NBA Rookie of the Year odds and betting primer

The Rookie of the Year was cut short before the season started when No. 2 pick Chet Holmgren suffered a foot injury that will cost him the entire 2022-23 season.

That left Paolo Banchero, whom the Magic selected first overall, as the favorite to win it. And although the odds are in his favor, recent history is not.

The last No. 1 pick to win Rookie of the Year was Ben Simmons in 2018, and the first 76er He actually did it a year after he was drafted because he missed his entire freshman season due to injury. Before that, Karl-Anthony Towns went 1.01 in 2016 and earned the hardware with all the pressure that comes with being the top pick. Since then, the winners are Malcolm Brogdon (choice No. 36), Luka Doncic (3), Ja Morad (2), LaMelo Ball (3) and Scottie Barnes (4).

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