- James Wiseman of Golden State is the new betting favorite to win 2021 NBA Rookie of the Year.
- Wiseman is averaging 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game after five games played.
- The Warriors are off to a slow 2-3 start as they navigate the season without Klay Thompson who is out for the year with an Achilles Tear
James Wiseman Has Emerged as New Betting Favorite for Rookie of the Year Award
Move over LaMelo Ball. There’s a new favorite to win 2021 Rookie of the Year honors.
Golden State Warriors’ big man James Wiseman has moved from +600 in the early Rookie of the Year oddsboard to the new +175 betting favorite to win the NBA’s top freshman honors. The previous betting favorite, Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball, is now just third in the latest oddsboard from online sportsbook BetOnline at +450. Number 1 pick Anthony Edwards of Minnesota stands between Wiseman and Ball at +400.
Wiseman has enjoyed decent playing time under Steve Kerr, logging in 22.6 minutes per game so far in the less than two-weeks old season. Golden State has a major void at center and Wiseman has been given the opportunity to start for the championship franchise. While Edwards and Ball have also gotten their minutes and numbers with their respective teams, Wiseman has shown more potential in Golden State, at least up until the end of 2020.
A Wise Move
JAMES. WISEMAN. ? pic.twitter.com/GZ3kLsE8pc
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) December 30, 2020
The Warriors selected Wiseman with the 2nd overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft after heavy speculation. This year’s draft did not have a consensus number one pick and heading to draft day, it was unclear who the Warriors would select or whether they would trade the pick. In the end, they chose Wiseman who played in just three NCAA Division I games for Memphis.
Two weeks after the start of the season, the Warriors have struggled with a 2-3 record as they have dealt with the absence of Klay Thompson who is out for the season and Draymond Green who has just returned to action for the Dubs. However, Wiseman has proved to be a wise move for the Warriors as he has exceeded expectations.
The 19-year old seven footer has been thrust into the thick of the action from day one. He has started for all of the team’s first five games and has averaged 11.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. To add icing to the cake, Wiseman has made five out of 10 three-pointers to start his NBA career. With this kind of start, it wasn’t a surprise why Wiseman vaulted to the top of the Rookie of the Year oddsboard.
Drastic Change in Title Odds
Klay Thompson’s Achilles tear drastically changed the Warriors’ title oddshttps://t.co/K1JyJirvR4 pic.twitter.com/zisEN7Spq4
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 19, 2020
The Warriors entered the offseason as one of the Top 5 betting favorites to win the 2021 NBA title. Golden State opened at +600 at SportsBetting.ag with only the Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, and Nets having better title odds than them. But after Klay Thompson suffered an Achilles tear, The Dubs have consistently moved down the oddsboard and have seen a drastic change in their title odds.
As of the latest betting odds, Golden State now sits at +4000 to win the title. The team has struggled to find form not only with Thompson’s absence but with Steve Kerr trying to fit the new pieces like Wiseman and Kelly Oubre Jr. The Warriors though were still a -194 to make the playoffs just Christmas Day. With Draymond Green recently returning to action, the Dubs should see brighter days ahead.
So far, Golden State has shown that it can take care of business against the lower tier teams in the league with wins over Bulls and Pistons. However, they have lost by at least 25 points to probable playoff teams like Brooklyn, Milwaukee, and Portland. Steph Curry has looked great so far in his comeback from injury. Green’s return should give the team more stability. And if James Wiseman continues to improve and starts to assert himself more, Golden State should be in the playoff hunt this season.