- Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes was named as the NBA’s 2022 Rookie of the Year on Saturday.
- Barnes opened the season with +1400 odds and closed with the second-shortest odds to win the award.
- Barnes’ +1400 odds is the longest opening odds of any Rookie of the Year winner in the last 15 years.
In what was a surprise, Toronto Raptors freshman Scottie Barnes was named as the NBA’s 2022 Rookie of the Year winner, beating out Cleveland’s Evan Mobley and Detroit’s Cade Cunningham for the league’s top first-year player award.
Barnes picked up 48 out of 100 first-place votes and finished with a total of 358 points while appearing on every ballot in the ROY counting. Mobley came in second with 43 first-place votes while being named on 99 out of 100 ballots. 2021 Top overall pick Cade Cunningham came in third with the remaining 9 first-place votes.
Mobley closed as the -210 odds on favorite to win the award just before the playoffs after helping the Cavs reach the playoffs for the first time since LeBron James left for Los Angeles. Mobley averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds in 69 games played for the Cavs and appeared to be the winner before Barnes pulled off the upset. Mobley finished 15 points short of Barnes in the balloting.
Barnes Opened at +1400
Scottie Barnes (+1400) is your Rookie of the Year ✅ pic.twitter.com/Dohd3Qnr3A
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With +1400 preseason odds, Barnes has the longest odds of any NBA Rookie of the Year winner in the last 15 years. During that span, only Barnes and Michael Carter-Williams at +1200 won the award with double-digit odds. Barnes is also only the third member of the Toronto Raptors to win the award after Damon Stoudamire and Vince Carter and the first since 1998 when Carter won the award.
Barnes led all rookies in minutes played and was third among first-year players in points and rebounds while also finishing fifth in assists, steals, and blocked shots. He also ranked first among the three Rookie of the Year finalists in Player Efficiency Rating, Win Shares, Box-Plus-Minus, and Value Over Replacement Player. Barnes finished the regular season averaging 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. He joins Blake Griffin, Ben Simmons, and Luka Doncic as the only rookies since 2000 to finish a season with a stat line of 15/7/3. All four of them won Rookie of the Year honors.
When the 2022 NBA Rookie of the Year betting odds opened before the start of the season, Back then, Houston Rockets swingman Jalen Green and top overall pick Cade Cunningham were the top two favorites at the best NBA betting sites at +200 and +300, respectively. Orlando’s Jalen Suggs was third at +750 while Evan Mobley was 4th at +1000. Barnes and Houston’s Alperen Sengun were next at +1400 odds apiece.
Barnes Got a Standing Ovation from the Crowd in Game 4
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Barnes returned to action in Saturday’s Game 4 in Toronto after missing the previous two games of the series with a sprained ankle. He was greeted with a standing ovation from the Toronto crowd and Barnes respond by delivering a hard-nosed performance to help the Raptors avoid elimination. Facing a 3-0 deficit, Toronto fought back in Game 4 to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 110-102 in Game 4.
While it was Pascal Siakam who starred for the Raptors with 34 points, Barnes played well given the circumstances. In his first game back, the 2022 Rookie of the Year struggled with his shot, missing five of six attempts while only scoring 6 points in the game. However, he grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds while providing the Raptors the needed hustle in 26 minutes of action off the bench. With the win, the Raptors finally got on board in the series 3-1 but face gigantic odds in trying to become the first team in NBA history to win a series after trailing 3-0.
Despite the win, the Raptors are a heavy +8 points underdogs to the Sixers in Monday’s Game 5 in Philadelphia. Toronto is also a huge +280 Moneyline bottom dog to cut the series lead to 3-2. But with the newly crowned Rookie of the Year back in action, the Raptors hope that they can still get back in the series. The odds are against them but if Barne bucked the odds to win the ROY award, then why not?