Betsar's NBA Rookie of the Year Punting Preview![caption id="attachment_11260" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images[/caption] Let’s continue our NBA preview with a look at the Rookie Of The Year (ROY) award. We enjoy the acronym ROY as it reminds us of the year we backed Brandon at $5.50. Any discussion on the NBA’s newest millionaires starts and ends with Anthony Davis. The 6”10 Forward/Center out of Kentucky has the defensive prowess of Dikembe Mutombo and the wingspan of a pterodactyl. He is also what Charlie Sheen would call a winner. A national title and a gold medal means his trophy room looks better than almost any teenagers, ever. New Orleans is a good fit for him too. A rebuilding franchise in need of star power and a big man. Expect him to play 30+ minutes per night with 8.5+ boards and 2+ blocks. His point contribution could be where the ROY is won or lost. We’re expecting something around 12ppg but his preseason form this week shows he might be able to exceed anticipation there. And he needs points, at least a respectable amount to win the award. Emeka Okafor (15-11-2) is the only defensive big man whose name sticks out in the last twenty years. Marcus Camby averaged 14-5 and 3 huge blocks for the Raptors in his debut year and that wasn’t enough to get him the nod (we won’t mention that Allen Iverson was in that draft class). Given the questions surrounding his offensive productivity, Eskander’s Betstar has Anthony Davis the biggest price in the world at $3. I repeat, no other bookmaker in the world is offering bigger odds. Another reason we are potting the hot favourite is our love for Damian Lillard ($6.50). We mentioned that the award favours offensive stat fillers (in particular scoring guards). Lillard’s 26-4-5 in the NBA’s summer league certainly fills that requirement. However, we can’t expect those numbers to continue when he faces Chris Paul, Deron Williams and co. What we can expect is for him to get big minutes though which is what matters. The ROY award is about opportunity as much as it is ability. No point guard in front of him at Portland. Also in his favour is his pick and roll opportunity with the NBA’s most underrated star, LaMarcus Aldridge. That partnership will give him 3 or 4 assists without trying. If he can get to the rim and put up 17-18 points then he might be the man to beat. Davis will be the franchise player for this draft but Lillard has the chance to be better in 2012-13. Another player capable of a big 2012-13 is Bradley Beal. The number three pick for the Wizards has also landed in a dream situation. They have a point guard destined for a break out year and solid options at forward and centre. However, they don’t have a shooting guard. Enter the boy from Florida who dropped 18ppg in the summer league. If he can play good minutes and hit shots then there is no reason he couldn’t steal the award at $10. Another capable $10 chance is Thomas Robinson. The Kansas product is a double double machine and an inspirational story. The question is, how will he be used in Sacramento? DeMarcus Cousins has a big impact on his ROY chances. Cousins could be a menacing All-Star leaving few points or rebounds for T-Rob or he could go off the rails and create a huge opportunity for the number 5 pick. With Cousins and Jason Thompson taking minutes from him we can expect something like 10 and 8; however, best case scenario is a ROY 17-10. Don’t rule a line through the Jayhawk. Another chance at double digits is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ($11). He’s the number two pick for a reason and like his championship winning teammate, Anthony Davis, he’ll be getting big minutes. The Bobcats are that woeful he might already be their best player. MKG is a winner (until he was drafted to Charlotte) and a team man. He defends, he is unselfish. However, we question his stat filling ability in season one. If he can put up more points than we think then $11 is huge overs. In fact, we may have marked him wrong. Another strong knockout hope is Jonas Valanciunas ($17). The number five pick of 2011 spent last year furthering his development against men in Europe. The Lithuanian prodigy could become anything. Some say he would have been drafted number two behind Davis if he went this year. Those same people believe his rookie year could be better than Davis’ because he is already used to playing against bigger bodies. We believed the hype before his uninspiring Olympics campaign. He’s also been quiet in the preseason. However, there is a reason we marked him $10 early on and he could easily take Toronto by storm this year. The minutes are his to be won as the Raptors need a big, particularly on defence. The Rockets also possess two ROY possibilities. Jeremy Lamb ($17) reminds us of fellow UConn alumni, Rudy Gay, and Royce White ($26) has been described as a poor man’s LeBron James. Lamb is a scoring two guard with all the abilities in the world. The only thing in his way is teammate Kevin Martin, who could prove a significant roadblock to opportunity unless he is traded (which is highly possible). The Royce White story is fascinating. It’s hard to imagine his fear of flying not effecting his first year in the NBA but it’s also hard to ignore that the man scores, passes, steals, rebounds and took the boys at Kentucky to school. Definitely a risk vs reward pick. Now that we’ve overdosed you with info, do your best. Click here to see our NBA ROY Market. Join the conversation with us on Twitter, like our page on Facebook and post your comments below this article – we will endeavour to respond to each and every one of you! 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