Ben Simmons is such an overwhelming favorite to win Rookie of the Year that you would now need to wager $2,000 just to win $100, according to the latest odds released Friday by Bovada.
Simmons is 1/20. On Nov. 1, he was 1/3. That's how impressive his first month in the association was. The next closest rookie is Jayson Tatum at 14/1.
Simmons enters December averaging 18.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 2.3 steals and just under a block per game. Talk about filling out the box score.
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Perhaps more impressive than Simmons' November stats was how well he acquitted himself against top competition. Seven of the Sixers' first 21 games were against the top four teams in the NBA - the Warriors, Rockets, Cavs and Celtics. Only against the Cavs did he look a bit out of sorts. In December, the Sixers' schedule is much lighter, so don't be surprised if the numbers look even better by the New Year (see story).