Odds: Trey Burke the first-call favorite to win 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year award
With No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett caught in a positional logjam in Cleveland and promising big men Nerlens Noel and Alex Len recovering from injury, the Rookie of the Year race is wide open for a handful of enterprising guards.
The sports betting service Bovada puts Utah's Trey Burke as the preseason leader (4/1) for the race, which makes sense given the voters' preference for players who put up big scoring numbers immediately and the consistent opportunity Burke is likely to get with the Jazz.
Orlando's Victor Oladipo (11/2) ranks just behind Burke, with Portland's C.J. McCollum (15/2) the next most likely, per Bovada. All three figure to vie for the title given the virtual guarantee of playing time.
One more to watch: Detroit's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (14/1) -- a bit of a long-shot in that he'll have to compete for minutes, but a natural scorer and floor spacer for a Pistons team that could benefit from both attributes. Caldwell-Pope isn't likely to have the narrative appeal of players like Burke or Oladipo, but he could make a splash as an impact reserve if he finds his footing quickly.
For reference, here are the odds for the Rookie of the Year race in full:
2013-14 Rookie of the Year -- Odds to Win
Trey Burke 4/1
Victor Oladipo 11/2
C.J. McCollum 15/2
Otto Porter 15/2
Anthony Bennett 10/1
Ben McLemore 10/1
Cody Zeller 12/1
Alex Len 14/1
Kelly Olynyk 14/1
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 14/1
Shabazz Muhammad 15/1
Shane Larkin 16/1
Sergey Karasev 25/1
Tim Hardaway Jr. 25/1
Nerlens Noel 33/1Dennis Schroeder 33/1