Coming off the best NBA off-season in quite some time there were many discussions happening on NBA Twitter. Odds to reach the NBA finals, odds for MVP, and even who was the favorite to win NBA rookie of the year. Per Ben Fawkes, ESPN staff writer, Ben Simmons started the season with 5-2 odds of winning, followed by Lonzo Ball at 11-4, and Dennis Smith Jr rounding out the top 3 at 9-2.
For a lot of people those numbers don’t mean anything because as we all know there are two sides of NBA Twitter. One, we have the analytic guys. The guys that sit there and crunch numbers like no army I’ve seen before. It’s downright amazing what these guys can do. They can track down how many times your heart beats per minute and then add it to an algorithm that helps determine where you rank all-time on win loss shares, it’s unreal.
Then you have your eye ball Twitter (I happen to be on this team). Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the advance metrics, but I do have a limit with all those numbers. That goes for Vegas odds, too. How can you give out odds for something that hasn’t even started? There is only so much data you can gather from numbers. Numbers tell you what happened, your gut and feel for the game tell you what the next step should be.
Look, I’m a Laker fan, and I don’t care how people slice there is 0 percent chance that Lonzo or Kyle Kuzma (even though he’s balling) wins the Rookie of the Year award. Why am I so confident you ask? Because this is the first time since 2003 (Lebron James) that I have looked at the numbers and the eye ball test have told me we have the definitive Rookie of the Year. I’m no betting man but we all know whose taking this NBA game.
At the date this piece is written Ben Simmons leads rookies in points with 18.1 PPG, assists with 8.0 APG AND rebounds with 9.1 RPG. Now, you take that and add it to the highlight plays we’ve seen from him this early in the season and you’ve got yourself the definitive 2017-2018 NBA Rookie of the Year. Even though teammate Joel Embiid is out here dropping Hakeem Olajuwon-eque numbers on my beloved Lakers, it doesn’t stack up the potential triple-double threat that Ben Simmons brings to the table.
Magic started the trend of the big point guards, LeBron perfected the art, Ben Simmons is revolutionizing it