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Ben Simmons the new favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year

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Ben Simmons the new favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year

Ben Simmons is the new favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year.

Three strong showings in the preseason were enough to catapult Simmons past Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith, who were previously Bovada's top two favorites.

Simmons is now listed at 3/2 to win the award. Here's the new top five:

Simmons (3/2)
Lonzo Ball (7/2)
Dennis Smith (5/1)
Markelle Fultz (9/1)
Jayson Tatum (9/1)

Through three preseason games, Simmons has averaged 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block in just 23.6 minutes. He's looked under control as the Sixers' floor general, though his shooting has been poor. He's 0 for 3 from three and 7 for 18 (39 percent) from the line.

Simmons is also listed as 80/1 to win MVP. Joel Embiid is 40/1.

Brett Brown is tied for the 11th-shortest odds to win Coach of the Year (20/1).

Final look at Sixers' Rookie of the Year odds with awards announced tonight

Final look at Sixers' Rookie of the Year odds with awards announced tonight

NBA awards will finally be announced tonight during a special ceremony at 9 ET on TNT.

The Sixers have two of the three finalists for Rookie of the Year in Dario Saric and Joel Embiid.

But it's Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon who enters tonight as the favorite.

Brogdon is 1/4 to win Rookie of the Year, meaning it would require a $400 bet to win $100. 

Saric is next at 3/1, while Embiid is 9/1, per Bovada. 

Both Saric and Embiid made the All-Rookie First Team (see story).

Embiid obviously would have won the award had he stayed healthy this season. He averaged 20.2 points. 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks but played just 31 games.

Saric took off during the second half with Embiid sidelined and Ersan Ilyasova traded. Over his last 30 games, Saric averaged 17.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

For the season, Saric averaged 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists. 

Brogdon averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 assists and shot 40.4 percent from three for a playoff team. His second-half surge coincided with Milwaukee's improved play, which is why he's the favorite. It should be noted, though, that Embiid won Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in November, December and January, and Saric won in February and March. The only other player to claim the award was the Knicks' Willy Hernangomez in April.

Here are the odds for the rest of tonight's awards:

MVP odds
Russell Westbrook (Thunder): 1/50
James Harden (Rockets): 6/1
Kawhi Leonard (Spurs): 33/1

Coach of the Year
Mike D'Antoni (Rockets): 1/11
Gregg Popovich (Spurs): 7/1
Erik Spoelstra (Heat): 7/1

Sixth Man
Eric Gordon (Rockets): 1/7
Andre Iguodala (Warriors): 6/1
Lou Williams (Lakers/Rockets): 6/1

Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz behind Lonzo Ball in Rookie of Year odds

Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz behind Lonzo Ball in Rookie of Year odds

Lonzo Ball is the NBA Rookie of the Year favorite, with just slightly shorter odds than Ben Simmons.

Ball's odds were 5/2 in Bovada's first release following Thursday's NBA draft. 

Simmons is just behind at 3/1. 

Markelle Fultz is third at 5/1.

It makes sense that Ball is ahead of Simmons and Fultz because he's in a situation where he'll surely put up numbers. The Lakers have less talent surrounding Ball than the Sixers have surrounding Simmons and Fultz, who could both be productive enough to cancel each other out.

We could very well see a situation next summer where the Sixers have two of the three Rookie of the Year finalists, just like they do this summer. Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Milwaukee's Malcolm Brogdon are the three candidates in play for the award on June 26.

Here's the rest of next season's list:

• De'Aaron Fox (Kings): 7/1

• Josh Jackson (Suns): 9/1

• Jayson Tatum (Celtics): 9/1

• Jonathan Isaac (Magic): 16/1

• Malik Monk (Hornets): 16/1

• Dennis Smith Jr. (Mavericks): 16/1

• John Collins (Hawks): 20/1

• Justin Jackson (Kings): 22/1

• Lauri Markkanen (Bulls): 22/1