With the NBA calendar fast breaking toward the start of the regular season in less than a fortnight, odds for various season long awards are starting to trickle out, including Rookie of the Year. As for where Wizards newbie Bradley Beal ranks among the first-year folk, Bovada.lv offers the following:
Odds To Win 2012-2013 NBA Rookie Of The Year
Anthony Davis (NO) 19/10
Damian Lillard (POR) 11/2
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA) 9/1
Thomas Robinson (SAC) 19/2
Bradley Beal (WAS) 10/1
Harrison Barnes (GSW) 12/1
Jonas Valanciunas (TOR) 12/1
Dion Waiters (CLE) 15/1
Jeremy Lamb (HOU) 20/1
* Hardly a stunner that Davis, the unibrowed shot-blocker and number one overall pick in the 2012 draft is the heavy favorite. Even for those onlookers not overly familiar with his collegiate exploits at Kentucky, the 6-foot-10 center picked up legitimate cool points after spending the summer as a member of Team USA's gold medal winning men's squad. Barring injury or some sort Kwame Brown horrid adjustment, it would be a stunner if Davis' interior talents didn't runaway with the award.
*As for Beal, the No. 3 pick sits fifth on the list; Lillard (sixth) and Robinson (fifth) jumped ahead of Washington's rookie. Skilled and advanced as the 19-year-old's perimeter game and composure is, his style almost works against him in such popularity contests. Outside of knocking down copious amount of jumpers in a row, the Florida product doesn't figure to generate a crazy amount of newsy highlights or attention-getting sound bites. Those watching on a nightly basis will appreciate the subtleties to his game, but poise doesn't generate buzz (nor does coming off the bench, which remains a possibility, if not probability).
In addition to Davis, the short-attention span world may instead find Kidd-Gilchrist's hard-charging style, Lillard's lead guard role or Robinson's chiseled frame and rebounding prowess more eye-catching. Then again, if Beal opens and sticks as Washington's backcourt starter, becomes a catalyst for a Wizards' solid start despite no John Wall and just drops buckets, we'll see. We'll see for second place that is.