How To Bet NBA ROY Props

When it comes to betting on the NBA Rookie of the Year award before the start of the regular season, there will be some seasons where it’s quite obvious who will end up winning the ROY award. On the other hand, whenever there’s a stacked rookie class, it won’t be nearly as obvious as to which rookie will likely come out on top. In this article, we’ll provide some tips on how to bet on NBA ROY props before the start of the regular season.

Opportunities For Playing Time

The most important filter for anyone looking to make a pick for a player to win the ROY award is to determine how much opportunity will be available to the rookie in terms of playing time. No matter how talented the rookie is or how well his game will translate into the NBA level, all of this won’t mean much if he’s sitting on the bench game after game. To have a decent shot at winning the ROY award, a rookie should be seeing at least 20 minutes of playing time per game. If not, the opportunities for him to showcase his skills and to make an impact on his team are extremely limited. If you don’t think a rookie will be a part of the team’s rotation, no matter how good you think he is, just don’t bet on him to win the ROY award.

Injury History

I’d also be wary of promising rookies with an injury history. For me, this tends to be a red flag since younger players should be less prone to injuries. Additionally, it also depends on the type of injury sustained. A broken finger is much less serious than a torn ACL. If a rookie has a history of getting injured during his college days, it’d be difficult to place a bet on him to win the ROY award since you’d be feeling quite uneasy about the possibility of him getting injured during the regular season. If he’s injured and unable to play, it doesn’t matter how well he played during the limited time that he was available for. No playing time translates into no ROY award – it’s that simple.

Personality And Motivation

Making the transition from the college level to the NBA can be quite daunting and difficult for rookies. A lot of the time, the only person you can depend on is yourself. However, some rookies come into the NBA with the mindset that they’ve already made it – that they’ve already succeeded. This is clearly the wrong mindset. Additionally, some rookies enjoy the spotlight and especially if they’re playing in a city with a nightlife as fun as New York or Los Angeles, the room for distraction will be quite large. It’s important to try and get a feel for a rookie’s personality and level of motivation from things such as news articles or video interviews. Talent isn’t what determines success in the NBA. Most of the time, the deciding factor is hard work, more than anything. If a rookie’s personality is setting them up to lose focus on the task at hand, things will quickly unravel throughout the course of the regular season. Not before long, this rookie will likely be no longer playing in the NBA.

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