June 26, 2011 – By Scott
Now that the Dallas Mavericks have settled down in their celebrations of their 2011 NBA Championship win, the NBA draft is also behind us as we look forward to hopefully another full season of basketball in 2011-12. Many promising rookies were selected in this year’s draft as team’s tried to capitalize on all the talent available.
Without a doubt the NBA Championship is the most coveted award in the league, but there are other prestigious honors that players can receive. The league MVP, being selected as an All-Star, All-Star game MVP, as well as the NBA Defensive Player of the Year are all honors that players can only hope to achieve. And to add to this list is Rookie of the Year and the 2011-12 NBA Rookie Of The Year Odds are now available for sports bettors to wager on. Listed below are the top 4 player favorites according to Bodog sportsbook…
Kemba Walker – (15/2 odds) The former University of Connecticut guard was selected 9th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats. In his final season at UCONN, Walker averaged 23.5 points per game to go along with 4.5 assists per game. But will he make an immediate impact is the question. The Bobcats already have D.J. Augustin as their starting point guard so how quickly Walker can insert himself in the lineup will be key.
Ricky Rubio – (15/2 odds) The 6-4 guard from Barcelona was the 9th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft and has now finally signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. This season in the Euroleague, Rubio averaged just 6.5 points per game and 3.2 assists but was hampered by a foot injury all season.
Kyrie Irving – (11/2 odds) The playmaking guard from Duke was the No. 1 overall selection in this year’s draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Last year for the Blue Devils, Irving averaged 17.5 points per game and 4.3 assists in just 17 games played. Not a lot of experience in just one season of college basketball, but the Cavs believe he has the ability to make an immediate impact.
Derrick Williams – (9/2 odds) The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Williams as the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. In his final season at Arizona, the power forward averaged 19.5 points per game and 8.3 rebounds. His strong defensive play should only help the Timberwolves who were 30th in the league last season in points allowed giving up 107 per game.
The rest of the rookie players and their odds can be found at Bodog.