Zach Edey had a decorated college basketball career, playing for Purdue from 2020-24. In his final two seasons, he swept the National Player of the Year awards, adding plenty of other honors to his hardware haul.

Edey’s professional career will begin in Memphis, where he’ll link up with Ja Morant and the rest of the Grizzlies. As the No. 9 overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, there are high expectations for Edey to be an instant impact rookie.

With Round 1 of the draft complete (Round 2 to be held Thursday), sports bettors have reacted to the Rookie of the Year market.

BetMGM shared betting insights with Saturday Tradition showing that Edey is a popular bet to be the league’s top first-year player next season.

Edey opened with +2500 odds at BetMGM to win Rookie of the Year. Those who got in early at looking at a potential huge pay day, as a $100 wager could potentially win $2500 for a $2600 payout.

After Round 1, Edey’s ROTY odds are now +1200 at BetMGM. If the former Boilermaker were to win the award, bettors could still do well. A winning $100 bet would produce a $1300 at +1200 odds.

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Plenty of bettors are jumping on the chance for Edey to deliver a big payday. He leads BetMGM in number of bets (ticket%) and amount of money bet (handle%). That makes him the book’s biggest liability.

Here’s a look at ROTY betting insights:

NBA Rookie of the Year: Highest ticket% at BetMGM

  • Zach Edey 33.3%
  • Dalton Knecht 21.4%
  • Donovan Clingan 14.3%

NBA Rookie of the Year: Highest handle% at BetMGM

  • Zach Edey +33.8%
  • Dalton Knecht 30.4%
  • Donovan Clingan 25.3%

NBA Rookie of the Year: Biggest liability for BetMGM

  • Zach Edey
  • Donovan Clingan
  • Dalton Knecht