The race for NBA Rookie of the Year isn't as open-and-shut as it initially appeared.
Ben Simmons is still the heavy favorite but his odds have dropped substantially over the last month. On Dec. 1, Bovada listed Simmons at 1/20. As of Jan. 2, he is 2/13.
That's about a 67 percent drop for Simmons. It's related both to Simmons' slowing down a bit and the continued emergences of Donovan Mitchell and Kyle Kuzma.
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When the odds came out last month, Simmons had played 20 games and was averaging 18.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 2.3 steals.
Simmons proceeded to have a few down games - Pistons, T-Wolves, Knicks, Nuggets (to be fair, all games the Sixers won) - and he's now averaging 16.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.9 steals.
Meanwhile, Mitchell and Kuzma continue to lead their teams on offense. Mitchell, who some have compared to a young Dwyane Wade, is averaging 18.2 points and making 2.2 threes per game. In the time between Bovada's Dec. 1 and Jan. 2 updates, Mitchell averaged 23.1 points, shooting 51 percent from the field and 88 percent from the line.
The ever-confident Kuzma has been much better for the Lakers than Lonzo Ball, who is currently sidelined by a shoulder injury. Kuzma is averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, shooting 47 percent from the field and nearly 40 percent from three.
Here are the full odds:
Ben Simmons: 2/13
Donovan Mitchell: 4/1
Kyle Kuzma: 20/1
Jayson Tatum: 25/1
Lonzo Ball, Lauri Markkanen, Dennis Smith: 40/1
De'Aaron Fox: 66/1
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Josh Jackson: 80/1
John Collins: 90/1
Malik Monk: 100/1