NBA Rookie of the Year Best Bets: Barnes Trails the Favourites

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NBA Rookie of the Year Best Bets: Barnes Trails the Favourites

Scottie Barnes has enjoyed a spectacular NBA debut with the Toronto Raptors. Selected fourth overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, Barnes has played a huge role on a Raptors squad struggling to return to playoff contention, and currently leads the way among rookies in a number of statistical categories. Despite that impressive start, Barnes continues to lag behind the favourites on the odds to claim NBA Rookie of the Year honors, where he is pegged as a 4.00 wager.

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NBA Rookie of the Year OddsBet99
Evan Mobley2.12
Cade Cunningham3.40
Scottie Barnes3.90
Jalen Green28.00
Josh Giddey30.00
Franz Wagner35.00
Chris Duarte45.00
Alperen Sengun90.00
Davion Mitchell110.00
Jalen Suggs130.00
Nah Shon Hyland160.00
Ayo Dosonmu160.00
Tre Mann220.00

The Case for Barnes

From the moment that Scottie Barnes hit the hardwood on opening night, Toronto Raptors knew they had a special player joining the ranks. Sporting an ear-to-ear grin as he marched on the floor during playing introductions, Barnes followed up with a stellar career-opening performance, scoring 12 points and adding nine rebounds in Toronto’s 98-83 loss to the Washington Wizards.

Barnes subsequently solidified his position among the Raptors starting lineup by topping 20 points on three occasions and recording a pair of double-doubles over his first seven contests. And while there have been hiccups along the way as the 20-year-old adjusts to life in the NBA, on a team just two years removed from a championship win, he has managed to maintain a steady pace.

Through his first 27 appearances, Barnes has emerged as the leader among NBA rookies with 15.6 points per and 8.3 rebounds per game, and also ranks fifth in assists with 3.4 per game. The product of Florida State University is also tops among rookies in playing time, averaging 36.0 minutes per game. However, none of these accomplishments have enabled Barnes to yet overtake the frontrunners on the NBA Rookie of the Year odds, Evan Mobley and Cade Cunningham.

Mobley, Cunningham Making their Mark

Selected one spot ahead of Barnes at No. 3 in the 2021 NBA Draft, Evan Mobley has played a key role in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ resurgence this season. Mobley has been rewarded for his steady play by being anointed as the Rookie of the Year favourite at Bet99, where he sports short 2.12 odds.

The 20-year-old out of USC sits fifth in rookie scoring with 13.8 points per game, but sits alongside Barnes with 8.3 rebounds. Mobley was particularly dominant in November, earning NBA Rookie of the Month honours while compiling 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, and has maintained that pace in December while recording three double-doubles.

The top selection in this year’s Draft, Cade Cunningham has been saddled with the mammoth task of powering the attack for an abysmal Detroit Pistons squad that currently sits at the bottom of the league standings. Pegged as the betting favourites on the season-opening Rookie of the Year best bets, Cunningham current sits second on the ROY odds as a 3.40 bet. However, he is well positioned to make gains after averaging 19.3 points over his first eight December outings.

Green, Suggs Falling off the Pace

Two rookies who opened the season amid high expectations have work to do to retention to contention for top rookie honours. Jalen Green was taken amid great fanfare by the Houston Rockets with the second overall pick, and opened the season as Cunningham’s closest rival on the ROY odds. However, injuries have limited Green to just 18 appearances so far this season. And while he has produced a very respectable 14.0 points per game, his absence has sent him tumbling to a distant 28.00 bet at Bet99.

Things have gone no better for Jalen Suggs. The No. 5 pick in this year’s NBA Draft, the former Gonzaga star made his NBA debut with the Orlando Magic sporting odds as short as 5.73. However, like Green, Suggs has seen his debut interrupted by an injury that has sidelined him since last month, and sent his Rookie of the Year odds tumbling to a distant 130.00

Best Bet: Scottie Barnes (4.00)