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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is favored to win his second straight NBA MVP award while New Orleans Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson is the favorite to be named NBA Rookie of the Year, according to bookmaker.eu.
Antetokounmpo won his first MVP after the 2018-19 season, beating out 2018 MVP James Harden and Paul George by averaging 27.2 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
This year he’s a 3/1 favorite followed by Anthony Davis (13/4), Steph Curry (11/2), Harden (7/1), LeBron James (10/1) and Kawhi Leonard (11/1).
As for Zion, he’s the heavy favorite to win Rookie of the Year at 2/5. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound phenom averaged 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in four preseason games.
Williamson is followed by Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies at 15/4 and Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett at 6/1.
He has already partnered with Gatorade, Panini Trading Cards and Take-Two Interactive’s NBA 2K. That’s on top of his Jordan Brand shoe deal, worth between $10-$13 million annually. He could be on his way to eventually earning $1 billion in his career.
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