Did you just say “funky butt-lovin’?”
CBS Sports’ NBA Insider Ken Berger seems to think so.
Rookie of the Year: Anthony Davis, Hornets. This is becoming my annual no-guts prediction: Just give it to the No. 1 pick. But as much as I like Damien Lillard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes and others, the draft simply isn’t deep enough these days for anyone to upset the heavy favorite. Barring injury, it should be Davis in a landslide.
More than AD being a once-in-a-generation type player, which he is, Berger thinks there just isn’t enough competition this year to really give Davis a challenge. We know enough about MKG to know that might be a dangerous statement, but in a broad way, he’s right. After all, when it comes to winning these awards, you don’t have to outrun the bear, you just have to outrun the other guy. AD’s counterparts this year likely just can’t keep up.
Similarly, online sports betting website Bovada (I normally stick with FreeSportsBet because I’m poor) has AD tabbed as the odds-on favorite to win the award at 7/4, which is actually pretty ridiculous at slightly better than 2/1. For perspective, the next highest odds go to Damien Lillard at 5/1. MKG is third at 9/1. BleacherReport’s Maxwell Ogden, though a less official rating, gives AD a 6/5 shot at the award.
Even beforeitsnews.com begrudgingly predicted, way back in August, that Davis was the likely Rookie of the Year winner. In fact, they wondered if this “is really fair.” And honestly, it probably isn’t. But they jumped on the Anthony Davis bandwagon during the Olympics, because he displayed a willingness to want to get better, and to learn to play strong defense and improve on offense.
So in light of this predicament, Kentucky fans are faced with a few questions… Should we start thinking of t-shirt ideas now? The number one pick is perennially the odds-on favorite to win the award, but does this year’s race seem more out of hand than usual? If he wins, will he shave the unibrow? Regardless of your answer to those, be sure to enjoy AD’s rookie season. There will only be one of them, and then he’ll have to start winning MVPs instead.