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Top 5 Candidates For The 2023 NBA Rookie Of The Year Award

Jabari Smith

The 2022/23 NBA season is just around the corner. And judging by what we saw in Summer League, it’s clear that some of the rookies taken in the past NBA Draft are ready to dominate right out of the gate.

That’s great news for those who enjoy online sports betting in Canada. Plenty of people made the most of the Scottie Barnes hype last season and nailed their Rookie of the Year futures bet. However, this year the Toronto Raptors don't have a first-round pick to carry Barnes’ torch.

But that doesn’t mean that Canadian hoop enthusiasts can’t get ahead of the rest of the pack. This year’s rookie class also features plenty of talent, and the ROY race figures to be one for the ages. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 players you should consider when betting on the 2022/23 NBA Rookie of the Year.

5. Shaedon Sharpe

Shaedon Sharpe is the biggest question mark entering this season. He didn’t play a single minute of college basketball and was pulled out of Summer League with a shoulder injury. Nonetheless, his physical traits and God-given talents made him too much of a gem to pass on the Draft.

Sharpe will have to earn his touches on a Portland Trail Blazers team poised for a bounce-back season. But he should log heavy minutes in the second unit next to Anferne Simons and the odds are too enticing not to consider him.

4. Jaden Ivey

Jaden Ivey is one of the most athletic players in this class. He’s got unlimited bounce, can turn the corner in the blink of an eye and can drive through the lane in the blink of an eye. Also, he’s expected to get as many touches as he can handle next to Cade Cunningham.

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The only issue with Ivey is his shot selection and lack of range. But his playmaking, physicality, and defense should grant him plenty of ROY votes. The Detroit Pistons will turn a lot of heads next season, that’s for sure.

3. Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren has thrived at every level of competitive basketball. He’s a shot-blocking machine who can shoot 50/40/90 from the floor. Also, he can play at both forward spots, at center, and even create for others as a playmaker.

His only concern is whether his body will hold up against bigger, stronger NBA players. Also, the Oklahoma City Thunder tend to pull their rookies mid-season to avoid injuries, which could hamper his case for ROY.

2. Paolo Banchero

In a shocking turn of events, Paolo Banchero went first overall instead of third as most analysts projected. He proved why with some solid performances in Summer League, and it’s clear that he’ll be the Orlando Magic’s offensive focal point.

Banchero can put the ball on the floor like a point guard and is perhaps the best shooter in his class. He may never be a good defender and injuries are also a concern, but he may have the best offensive skill set in his class.

1. Jabari Smith

Most analysts had Jabari Smith going first overall and for very good reasons. He’s an athletic freak who can make his presence felt on both ends of the floor, swatting shots, playing lockdown defense, and then knocking down a three-pointer on the other end.

Smith is tailor-made for today’s game as a stretch-four, small-ball center. The Houston Rockets traded Christian Wood away, opening the door for him to log as many minutes at the four and five as he can handle.