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Zion Williamson's knee injury is a tough blow to the NBA, but it also opens the door for other rookies to make their mark.
... Rookies like a certain 7-foot-6 Boston Celtics big man?
Yes, Tacko Fall is on a two-way contract, meaning he can spend a maximum of 45 days on the Celtics' NBA roster. And the reality is he'll likely be with the Main Red Claws for most of the season.
But "Tacko Mania" being what it is, the Senegalese sensation has actual odds to win 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year, according to SuperBook USA's Jeff Sherman.
NBA ROY updated— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) October 31, 2019
J Morant 5/2
RJ Barrett 7/2
Z Williamson 9/2
R Hachimura 7/1
C White, T Herro 8/1
PJ Washington 16/1
D Garland 20/1
D Hunter 25/1
J Culver, M Porter Jr, B Clarke 50/1
C Reddish 60/1
T Fall 1000/1
... So you're telling us there's a chance?
Memphis Grizzlies guard and No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant is the early favorite thanks in part to his 30-point outburst against Kyrie Irving's Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.
The Celtics got a first-hand look at the player below him in New York Knicks forward R.J. Barrett, who dropped 26 points on Boston on Saturday.
And it's a testament to Williamson's potential that he still has 9/2 odds to win the Rookie of the Year despite being expected to miss roughly the first two months of the regular season.
But if you're looking for a good value bet ... well, we still don't recommend Fall, despite the fact that he leads the NBA in several statistical categories.
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