Is Luka Doncic Running Away with the NBA Rookie of the Year Award?

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Rookie Luka Doncic is showing exactly why the Dallas Mavericks traded for him. | Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry. NBA fans obviously know these names. They’re the game’s biggest stars. The yearly MVP candidates. The ones who put the butts in the seats.

But if there is one question basketball fans should feel inclined to ask themselves on a regular basis, it’s this: Who’s got next?

Their professional careers might just be getting started, but it’s safe to say many young rookies are eager to take up the torch. And yet, only one of them will end up taking home Rookie of the Year honors.

So, who are the odds-on favorites to win the award according to Vegas? See for yourself.

Odds courtesy of Bovada via OddsShark as of December 3, 2018.

Jaren Jackson Jr. (+1500)

Jaren Jackson Jr. is improving at an alarming rate. The former Michigan State product is averaging 13.3 points per game, knocking down 33.3% of his three-point attempts, and shooting 78.5% from the line. Everyone talked about the 19-year-old’s potential when the Grizzlies selected him fourth overall, but given the way he’s already playing, he may very well turn out better than anyone anticipated.

Trae Young (+700)

The former Oklahoma Sooner has plenty of room for improvement (he still needs to put on serious weight), yet it’s clear he was born for the NBA stage. The kid has unlimited range, finishes well at the rim, and is an excellent playmaker, leading all rookies in assists at 7.2 a night. Atlanta Hawks fans should feel good about Trae Young running the show.

Deandre Ayton (+250)

There are plenty of expectations that come with being the No. 1 overall pick. Luckily, Deandre Ayton doesn’t seem to be fazed by them. The Phoenix Suns big man is second among rookies in scoring (15.8 points per game) and first in rebounds (10.1 boards a night). The Suns aren’t going to be competing for a championship anytime soon, but in Ayton, they definitely have a legit building block for the future.

Luka Doncic (-120)

Luka Doncic is a star. He’s an absolute gamer. Whether he’s knocking down a step-back jumper as the shot clock expires or hitting a teammate with the sort of pass that makes your jaw drop, it’s clear the kid is special. It’s hard to believe that some folks didn’t think he could compete at the NBA level. Where are all those doubters now?

Statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference and ESPN.

Other notable rookies to watch:

  • Collin Sexton (+1500)
  • Marvin Bagley III (+1600)
  • Wendell Carter Jr. (+2500)
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (+3300)
  • Kevin Knox (+5000)
  • Mo Bamba (+7000)
  • Michael Porter Jr. (+8000)

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