Who will emerge from the NBA Rookie of the Year odds as the 2023-24 season’s winner? It’s a question that has basketball fans buzzing with excitement and anticipation. As the season starts, young players across the league have their eyes on this prestigious title. We’re looking specifically at two contenders other than the No. 1 pick, Victor Wembanyama. They are Chet Holmgren of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Scoot Henderson from the Portland Trailblazers.
Chet Holmgren’s stats make OKC rookie a contender
Chet Holmgren is a rising star in the NBA with the potential to win Rookie of the Year in 2023. Playing for the OKC Thunder, he was a top draft pick from Gonzaga last year, but a preseason injury kept him out for what would’ve been his rookie campaign.
Holmgren’s outstanding performance in the NBA Summer League has given early evidence of his status as a top Rookie of the Year contender. Across just two Summer League games, Holmgren averaged 20.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and a staggering 3.5 blocks per game.
At 7-foot-1 with a lengthy wingspan, he’s expected to become a standout big man early on. With impressive skills and undeniable talent, it’s clear that Chet Holmgren has what it takes to make a lasting impact in the NBA. Don’t be surprised to see him win the prestigious Rookie of the Year award in 2023.
Portland’s Scoot Henderson an NBA Rookie of the Year favorite
Meanwhile, Scoot Henderson is a name that has been buzzing in the basketball world for quite some time. The No. 3 pick by the Portland Trailblazers made his way to the 2023 NBA Draft via the G League’s Ignite team. Henderson participated in NBA 2K24 Summer League in Vegas, albeit briefly, as a minor injury sidelined him after a few games.
Henderson participated in 19 games with the G League Ignite last season. During that time, he averaged 16.5 points, 6.6 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game.
The situation with longtime Blazers star Damian Lillard could be a significant factor in helping Henderson. As we’ve reported, Lillard NBA trade rumors are a hot topic, with teams like the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers interested in adding his skillset to their roster. If Lillard leaves Portland, it opens things up for Henderson to take over.
Henderson’s playmaking skills and basketball IQ are awe-inspiring, making him a true floor general on the court. With his potential to become a game-changer in the NBA, it’s no wonder he’s considered one of the frontrunners for Rookie of the Year.
Victor Wembanyama is an early favorite in NBA ROY futures
Currently, Wembanyama leads all players with odds at -120 to -200 at various sports books. However, Holmgren and Henderson aren’t far behind the No. 1 pick.
Here are the top six players in the NBA Rookie of the Year odds:
- Victor Wembanyama (Spurs) -140
- Chet Holmgren (Thunder) +400
- Scoot Henderson (Blazers) +460
- Brandon Miller (Hornets) +1500
- Amen Thompson (Rockets) +4000
- Cam Whitmore (Rockets) +4000
*Latest odds provided by Fanduel sportsbook.
As NBA fans, we always look for the next breakout star. And with players like Chet Holmgren and Scoot Henderson in the mix, the future of basketball looks incredibly bright. So, buckle up and prepare for an exciting season as these young talents battle it out for the coveted Rookie of the Year title. It’s sure to be a thrilling race that will keep us on the edge of our seats, eagerly awaiting the next jaw-dropping highlight.
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