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Lonzo Ball, Ben Simmons early NBA Rookie of the Year favorites

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, this year’s No. 2 draft pick, and Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons, last year’s No. 1 pick who missed his entire rookie season with a broken foot, are the two most likely players to win the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year award, according to Bovada.

The odds, which were released on Friday, have No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz as the third most-likely and No. 5 pick De’Aaron Fox as fourth.

The full list

  • Ball (+250)
  • Simmons (+300)
  • Fultz (+500)
  • Fox (+700)
  • Jayson Tatum (+900)
  • Josh Jackson (+900)
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (+1600)
  • Jonathan Isaac (+1600)
  • Malik Monk (+1600)
  • John Collins (+2000)
  • Justin Jackson (+2200)
  • Lauri Markkanen (+2200)

Ball, who Magic Johnson dubbed the new face of the Lakers, will be thrust into a prominent role immediately as the Lakers look to dig themselves out of the darkest days in franchise history. The same goes for Simmons and Fultz, who make up two-thirds of the new three-headed…

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