Holmgren dazzles in debut, quickly moves to ROY ‘chalk’

Chet Holmgren dominated in his summer league debut for the OKC Thunder.

The NBA Summer League is generally an obscure event during a slow period on the sports calendar.

That obscurity gave way to a Twitter storm on Tuesday night, though, as No. 2 overall pick Chet Holmgren showed out in his summer league debut. He scored 23 points on 7 of 9 shooting, including a 4 of 6 effort from 3-point range.

Holmgren added seven rebounds, four assists and a summer league record six blocks. That was all sportsbooks needed to see to start shifting his odds for the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

He was a consensus top-three favorite in the market, but he is now the +300 ‘chalk’ to win the award at BetOnline. His odds were also shortened at FanDuel, who moved him from +500 to +340 following his outstanding debut.

Top overall draft pick Paolo Banchero, who was originally the +360 favorite, has been bumped down to +450 at BetOnline. Jabari Smith (+600), Jaden Ivey (+650) and Keegan Murray (+800) are the only other rookies priced inside of 14-1. Banchero is expected to make his summer league debut with the Magic on Thursday against Smith and the Rockets.

Oklahoma City is priced as the 8-1 ‘chalk’ to win the summer league title, according to the Westgate SuperBook. Josh Giddey, who was the No. 6 pick in last year’s draft, was a surprise addition to the roster. He averaged 12.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists during his rookie campaign.

Detroit has the second-shortest odds at +900, while New Orleans is the third shot at 10-1. Former top draft pick Cade Cunningham will lead the Pistons in the league, which runs until July 17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.

“The Pistons are interesting because it almost looks like their NBA team,” SuperBook oddsmaker Jeff Sherman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I can’t imagine Cade Cunningham is going to play much. I was even surprised he’s listed on the roster. They’re almost like the Thunder in that they’ve got a lot of players who expect to get minutes on their NBA team.”

BetOnline has posted props for Holmgren’s rookie season, listing his over-under for points per game at 13.5, with the ‘over’ shaded to -140. His total for rebounds per game is 7.5, while his blocks total has been set at 2 per game. He would have cashed the ‘over’ in points and blocks on Tuesday, but he would have gone ‘under’ his rebounds total by the hook.

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