With the recent conclusion of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada, the NBA is now entering a quiet period of the off-season where very little will happen.
Teams across the league continue to monitor what’s going on with the Brooklyn Nets in terms of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and fill the backs of their benches with minimal free-hand contract players, but overall late July and August are usually pretty quiet for the NBA.
As a result, it’s never too early for fans to start speculating, and with Summer League all the rage right now, the Rookie of the Year discussion has already begun.
Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren and Jabari Smith Jr., the top three picks in the 2022 NBA draft all showed up and played well in the Summer League, but what about the rest of this year’s rookie class?
There are many talented players who are already working hard this off-season to prove themselves in their first season in this league.
We saw this in Las Vegas, and while the first three guys are sure to draw a lot of attention, there are quite a few names in the race for Rookie of the Year very early on.
Here are the current 2022-23 NBA Rookie of the Year odds, courtesy of Fanduel Sportsbook:
- Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic): +330
- Chet Holmgren (Oklahoma City Thunder): +420
- Keegan Murray (Sacramento Kings): +650
- Jabari Smith Jr (Houston Rockets): +700
- Jaden Ivey (Detroit Piston): +800
- Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers): +1200
- Shaedon Sharpe (Portland Trailblazer): +2700
- Dyson Daniels (New Orleans Pelicans): +3000
- Johnny Davis (Washington Wizards): +3300
- Jaden Hardy (Dallas Mavericks): +4000
- Ousmane Dieng (Oklahoma City Thunder): +4200
- Jalen Williams (Oklahoma City Thunder): +4200
- Ochai Agbaji (Cleveland Cavaliers): +4200
- Jalen Duren (Detroit Piston): +4200
- Mark Williams (Charlotte Hornets): +4500
- Jeremy Sochan (San Antonio Spurs): +5500
- AJ Griffin (Atlanta Hawks): +5500
- Malaki Branham (San Antonio Spurs): +6500
- Nikola Jovic (Miami Heat): +6500
- Tari Eason (Houston Missiles): +10000
- Dalen Terry (Chicago Bulls): +10000
- Jake LaRavia (Memphis Grizzlies): +10000
- MarJon Beauchamp (Milwaukee Bucks): +10000
- TyTy Washington (Houston Rockets): +13000
- Christian Braun (Denver Nuggets): +18000
Paolo Banchero (+330) and Chet Holmgren (+420) lead the field when it comes to having the best chances early on to win the 2022 Rookie of the Year award, but Keegan Murray (+650) is currently a very attractive choice. especially considering its higher odds.
Murray was recently named the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League MVP after averaging 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and shooting 50.0% from the floor, 40.0% from the four games overall Three point range.
This is a small sample size, but the Sacramento Kings will do whatever it takes to make the playoffs next year, and Murray plays a big part in their plans alongside De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis.
A little further down the list of possible long shots to become Rookie of the Year, Jaden Ivey (+800) and Bennedict Mathurin (+1200) both find themselves in intriguing situations.
Ivey established himself as a clear No. 2 option for the Detroit Pistons alongside Cade Cunningham early in his career, and with his explosive scoring opportunities, it’s not hard to believe Jaden Ivey will end up in the top five in terms of goals all rookies in the 2022-23 season.
At the Indiana Pacers, Bennedict Mathurin put in a very strong performance in the Summer League and they truly believe he can be their next best star. Tyrese Haliburton is Indiana’s No. 1 option, but Mathurin expects to earn a starting spot in the rotation, leading to him seeing more than 30 minutes a game and possibly more.
Keegan Murray, Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jaden Ivey and Bennedict Mathurin are my five top picks far too early to win the 2022-23 Rookie of the Year award, in that order.