Former Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen is heading to the Chicago Bulls after a draft night trade, which could allow for him to play a lot as a rookie in the NBA.
But the Las Vegas oddsmakers don’t see him as a huge threat to win the league’s Rookie of the Year award next season, giving him 22/1 odds.
Here’s a look at the chances Bovada gives some of the top incoming rookies:
- Lonzo Ball - 5/2
- Ben Simmons - 3/1
- Markelle Fultz - 5/1
- De’Aaron Fox - 7/1
- Josh Jackson - 9/1
- Jayson Tatum - 9/1
- Jonathan Isaac - 16/1
- Malik Monk - 16/1
- Dennis Smith Jr. - 16/1
- Zach Collins - 20/1
- Justin Jackson - 22/1
- Lauri Markkanen - 22/1
The Bulls, who are excited about adding Markkanen’s shooting ability, offer potential early minutes for Lauri as a rookie.
"He’s mobile, he’s got a motor, he’s a worker," Bulls VP John Paxson said. "And we just thought he was, at that spot, gonna be a fit for the direction we’re headed and a guy that fits with how we want to build this team and fits in today’s NBA."
So maybe Markkanen will be a good value pick in more ways than one if you’re looking to put some money down on a former Arizona player.