Bovada.LV has released its odds for some year-end NBA honors, and two Orlando Magic players are longshots to win Rookie of the Year.
Maurice Harkless, a swingman from St. John's, faces 30-to-1 odds to take home the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy, which Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving won in 2012. The odds for power forward Andrew Nicholson, a four-year collegian from St. Bonaventure, stand at 40-to-1.
Orlando acquired the draft rights to Harkless from the Philadelphia 76ers in the Dwight Howard trade. He has missed all of training camp and the preseason in order to recover from offseason sports-hernia surgery, and the Magic do not expect him back until mid-November. Nicholson, the 19th overall selection in 2012, has averaged 10.7 points and five rebounds per game through three exhibition contests.
The oddsmakers heavily favor op overall draft choice Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets, giving him 19-to-10 odds of taking home the hardware. Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, at 11-to-2, has the second-best odds. Gadget forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, of the Charlotte Bobcats, has 9-to-1 odds.