Charlotte guard LaMelo Ball was a near lock to win the Rookie of the Year award.
The only real concern standing between Ball (-1000) and the award was an injury. Unfortunately, the worst-case scenario came to fruition in a game against the Clippers on Saturday.
Ball is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a fractured right wrist, according to ESPN. He will not be officially ruled out until after meeting with a surgical specialist in New York early this week.
The Hornets announced that Ball underwent an MRI and it revealed the fractured bone. He is officially listed as out indefinitely, but ESPN’s sources said that he will be out for the season.
Ball was the third pick in the 2020 draft and was averaging 15.9 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game. His odds for Rookie of the Year moved from -1000 to +175 at BetOnline following the injury news.
Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards has now taken over as a -200 favorite to win the award. Edwards was priced at +400 before Ball fractured his wrist. He is averaging 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Tyrese Haliburton is the only other player seriously in the mix for the award. Sacramento’s rookie point guard saw his odds move from 8/1 to +275. He is scoring 12.4 points and dishing out 5.1 assists per game for the Kings.
DraftKings has taken the opportunity to show some good will to Ball bettors. The sportsbook will pay out all Ball Rookie of the Year bets as winners, regardless of whether or not he actually wins it.
“His wrist injury may have ended his season early—but we’ve got your back,” DraftKings said in a statement. “All LaMelo Ball Rookie of the Year bets will be paid out as winners, even if the injury costs him the award.”
It is important to note that the winnings will be paid out in “DK dollars” if Ball does not actually win the award.