2023 Rookie of the Year Odds Heating Up in Summer League

Paolo Banchero Rookie Of The Year The Odds

  • 2022 Top pick Paolo Banchero’ Rookie of the Year odds have moved from +300 to +350 since the betting boards went live.
  • Meanwhile, no. 2 pick Chet Holmgren has seen his odds move from +475 to +375 after a strong showing in the Summer League.
  • The Magic have shut down Banchero after two games played while Holmgren continues to impress for the Thunder.

With the NBA’s top rookies playing in the Las Vegas Summer League, the 2023 NBA Rookie of the Year betting boards have shifted back and forth already.

The top 2 picks Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren have alternated at the top of the betting boards since the Summer League started. Right now, Banchero is back as the favorite but Holmgren continues to climb the ladder with one big game after another.

Magic Shut Down Paolo Banchero

Banchero’s odds went down almost immediately after the Magic shut him down for the remainder of the Las Vegas Summer League. Interestingly, however, Orlando shut its 2022 top pick not because he was hurt or anything but because they had seen more than enough from him and would rather give them exposure to other players who are with them this summer and fighting for a roster spot.

Coincidentally, Orlando’s decision to shut down Banchero came on the day when his Magic faced no. 2 pick Chet Holmgren and the OKC Thunder. Holmgren made a strong impression during his Summer League debut when he recorded 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and a Summer League record six blocked shots.

On Monday, Holmgren starred for the Thunder once again, leading the team with 16 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocked shots. Behind their big man, the Thunder jumped out to a 31-14 lead after one quarter of play. Orlando cut the lead to nine at the half but the Thunder played steady down the stretch to beat the Magic 84-81.

Latest NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Banchero’s impressive play in the Summer League gave him back the top spot in the 2023 Rookie of the Year odds boards. He had opened at +300 odds with Jabari Parker chasing him at +350 odds and Holmgren in the third spot with his +475 odds. Holmgren became the betting favorite after his Summer League debut but Banchero took it right back after his own impressive first game.

Those odds are now +350 for Banchero, +375 for Holmgren, and +400 for Smith at BetMGM, Borgata Online, and Caesars Sportsbook. MyBookie.ag also has Banchero listed at +350 with Holmgren at +370 and Smith at +550. At the Barstool Sportsbook, Holmgren is at a longer +400 odds with Banchero still at +350 and Smith at +500. The FD Sportsbook also has Holmgren listed at +400 while Banchero is at +360 and Smith at +650.

Given that Banchero, Holmgren, and Smith play for rebuilding teams, they should be able to get the maximum exposure they need to shift the betting odds to their favor. The 2023 NBA season is still a couple of months away but the Rookie of the Year race is already heating up, at least on the betting boards.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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