NBA Odds: Yes, you can bet on Tacko Fall to win NBA Rookie of the Year

NBA Odds: Yes, you can bet on Tacko Fall to win NBA Rookie of the Year

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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.

... 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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Tacko Fall has drawn more Rookie of the Year bets than Zion Williamson

Tacko Fall has drawn more Rookie of the Year bets than Zion Williamson

The Tacko Fall hype train hasn't just left the station. It's barreling down the track at maximum speed.

The Boston Celtics' 7-foot-7 rookie turned heads last month with some quality play in the NBA Summer League. And while he's still not a lock to make the Celtics' opening night roster, he apparently has drawn interest for NBA Rookie of the Year in betting circles.

Actually, "interest" is an understatement. According to Jeff Sherman of Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, Fall has garnered more bets and more overall money wagered than ... No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson.

We've reached peak Tacko Mania, folks.

Of course, this doesn't mean people think Fall has a better chance to win Rookie of the Year than Williamson. The New Orleans Pelicans forward is the prohibitive favorite while Fall is an extreme long shot, so it's better value to place a small wager on Fall on the (very) slim chance it cashes in.

Plus, let's be honest: It's more fun to bet on Tacko.

It's safe to say those bets will dwindle if Fall can't crack the Celtics' 15-man roster or gets sent to the G-League. But if the Senegalese sensation is on Boston's bench for Game 1, expect Vegas to take a whole lot more of America's money.

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