Ben Simmons leads betting odds for 2016/17 Rookie of the Year award

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The NBA Draft saw 60 new hopefuls make their first steps into the big league at the Barclays Center having made their respective journeys from either college, Europe, or - in some exceptionial circumstances - high school.

Now that the dust has settled following events in Brooklyn, it is time for those players to prove they have what it takes to be the next big superstar. A good first step for any aspiring youngster is to claim to the Rookie of the Year award - won unanimously by Karl-Anthony Towns this season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves big man, who impressed with his skills on the ball along with the typical attributes of a center, saw off competition from the New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, who enjoyed a stellar first campaign having been booed by his own fans on Draft night.

In the previous ten years, the award has been won five times by the number one draft pick, with Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving establishing themselves as elite players while Andrew Wiggins and Towns are fast climbing the ladder. So, with the odds for betting on the next crop of youngsters, it comes as no surprise to see Ben Simmons as the favourite.

The LSU forward, who was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers after much deliberation over who would go first, was long touted as the biggest talent in the pool of 2016. The Australian's draft prospects were lowered somewhat by the Tigers' inability to reach March Madness, but he was still selected ahead of Brandon Ingram despite the now-Lakers man's impressive performance in the tournament.

The Las Vegas odds have the Consensus first-team All-American as a 13/4 favourite, while second pick Ingram is third on 13/2. New Orleans Pelicans' shooting guard, Buddy Hield, who was the sixth selection is second in the betting at 11/2.

The guard, who spent four years with the Oklahoma Sooners, claimed the John R. Wooden Award for the best college basketball player in the 2015-2016 season after averaging 25 points, 5.7 rebounds and two assists per game, along with leading the college scene in made threes, and is expected to hit the ground running with the Western Conference organisation.

At 22, there is not much upside with Hield, but his natural ability from behind the arc should fit in well with the changing landscape of the NBA.

Kris Dunn, who was selected fifth by the Minnesota Timberwolves, is at 15/2 and will be aiming to become the third straight Wolf to claim the prize while the seventh pick Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets rounds off the top five favourites at 12s.

Jaylen Brown, who was chosen third by the Boston Celtics - one of eight picks for the organisation on the night - is down the odds at 20/1.

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