A ballyhooed NBA rookie class has caused disagreement among Las Vegas oddsmakers. William Hill's Nevada sportsbook on Wednesday opened Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball as the favorite to win Rookie of the Year at 9-5. The next day, the Westgate SuperBook went with Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons as the favorite at 5-2. Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. and 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick, are next at 4-1 and 13-2, respectively. Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox and Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum are each listed at 8-1, rounding out the players with odds in the single digits at William Hill. Simmons sat out last season, recovering from
The Sacramento Kings released their 2017-18 schedule Friday afternoon. While the league has added 10 days to the calendar, the Kings schedule is still packed with 16 sets of back-to-backs and a season-long six game road trip during the month of January. It’s a whirlwind of excitement that begins October 18 with at the Golden 1 Center. Here are seven games to look forward to as the Kings embark on their 33rd season in Sacramento. Opening night 2017-18 - October 18 - Kings v. Rockets - Hope spring eternal with the tip off of another season of Kings basketball. Of the 17 players expected on the opening day roster, 10 are new to the team, including De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Vince Carter and
Though all the NBA’s official awards were announced at the end of June, the National Basketball Players Association released their award winners, voted on by the players themselves, on Friday morning. Russell Westbrook earned MVP honors, just as he did earlier this summer at the league's award show. Westbrook, known for his boundless energy and hyper aggressive play, was also deemed the hardest player to guard in the NBA. “You don’t know if he’s going to euro-step, you don’t know if you should reach or not because he’s going to draw the foul,” Chris Paul said. “He’s just tough to guard.” Latest NBA: There were 14 individual awards, ranging from global impact to most clutch to the best defender.