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June 23, 2023

Let’s hope we have a more exciting Rookie of the Year race than last season, when Paolo Banchero seemingly wrapped it up in the first month.

Victor Wembanyama (-225): He’s nowhere near the lock he was to be the No. 1 overall pick, but I’m still trying to wrap my head around an 8-foot wingspan.

Scoot Henderson (+400): The new Trail Blazers guard came right out and said it: His main goal next season is to win Rookie of the Year.

Chet Holmgren (+450): Last year’s No. 2 pick missed all of the 2022-23 season with a foot injury. But Blake Griffin captured the award after an injury wiped out his potential first NBA season.

Brandon Miller (+950): He already has the title of Michael Jordan’s final draft pick as Hornet owner. Hopefully he doesn’t end up remembered as the wrong ❌ No. 2 choice … like Sam Bowie over Jordan.

Amen Thompson (+1500): There have been three Rookie of the Year winners out of the four spot since 2005-06 (Chris Paul, Tyreke Evans, Scottie Barnes). Only No. 1 picks have more in that span.

Cam Whitmore (+1800): This year’s draft day slide went to the former Villanova star. Insert chip-on-shoulder cliché.

Ausar Thompson (+2000): If he or Amen takes Rookie of the Year, trophies should go to the parents, who raised two top-five NBA Draft picks.

Jarace Walker (+2200): A draft day trade sent him to the Pacers, and he has experience with this type of award as the winner of the AAC Rookie of the Year at Houston.