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Zion Williamson’s odds to win Rookie of the Year jump after big NBA debut [UPDATE]

Pelicans PF scored 17 straight points in fourth quarter and finished with 22 in 18 minutes. We look at how his odds to win ROTY spiked.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson reacts after a three point basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the fourth quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Jan. 23, 9:43 a.m. — So I don’t know what happened over night, but now Williamson’s odds to win Rookie of the Year have dropped even more. They went from +1800 before his debut, to +1100 after his debut, to +800 as of this morning. This type of a movement is a bit of an overreaction, don’t ya think? I witnessed the 17 straight points — and it was incredible and I’ll remember it for the rest of my life — but come on people!

I remain adamant that it will be difficult for Zion to win Rookie of the Year regardless of what he does the rest of the regular season. Ja Morant is still the favorite at -500 and if the Grizzlies make the playoffs alone, it will be hard to argue against Morant winning. We’ll continue to keep an eye on this line.

The NBA Rookie of the Year race in 2019-20 just got a little bit more interesting. New Orleans Pelicans PF Zion Williamson made his NBA debut on Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. He had a quiet three quarters and then it happened ... Zion came to life with 17 straight points, including 4-of-4 from three-point range to finish with 22 points and seven rebounds in just 18 minutes.

As a result, his odds to win Rookie of the Year jumped from +1800 to +1100 overnight. That’s a pretty significant boost from DraftKings Sportsbook makers. Ja Morant is still the favorite at -500 and I think it’ll still take a lot for Zion to overcome the deficit here. But if anyone can make it happen, it’s Williamson, who showed why he was selected No. 1 overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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