Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker was listed by Bovada as the slight favorite to win the 2014-15 Rookie of the Year over No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins.
Here are the 2014-15 Bovada odds, per SportsInsights.com:
Jabari Parker, Bucks +500 Andrew Wiggins, Cavaliers, +550
Nerlens Noel, Sixers, +900
Julius Randle, Lakers, +900
Doug McDermott, Bulls, +1,000
Elfrid Payton, Magic, +1,000
Dante Exum, Jazz, +1,000
Nik Stauskas, Kings, +1,200
Shabazz Napier, Heat, +1,200
It’s not a huge surprise to see Parker atop the leaderboard. He was billed as the more “NBA-ready” prospect with a better current offensive repertoire. He can easily become Milwaukee’s lead scorer, albeit in a crowded frontcourt with John Henson, Ersan Ilyasova and the troubled Larry Sanders.
In Cleveland, Wiggins won’t ever have to be the lead offensive option. Kyrie Irving is the team’s star, a former Rookie of the Year himself and has averaged 20.7 points per game for his career so far. Dion Waiters also has averaged 15.3 points per game in his two seasons. Wiggins will be able to grow naturally as a third or fourth option offensively and shine with his defense and athleticism.
If one recalls, Anthony Bennett was listed as sixth in the 2013-14 odds. Michael Carter-Williams, initially listed as fifth, overtook post-draft favorites Trey Burke and Victor Oladipo (eventual runner-up) to win the award.
Jacob Rosen is a long-time contributor to WaitingForNextYear. He's also a writer online at SportsAnalyticsBlog and Nylon Calculus . An Akron native, Jacob is a current MBA student at the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. You can follow him on Twitter @WFNYJacob or e-mail him at udjrosen(at)gmail(dot)com.