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Atlanta Hawks first round pick John Collins dips in Rookie of the Year odds

After a stellar Summer League, Collins’ odds... went the other way?

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In the immediate aftermath of the 2017 NBA Draft, Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins received some reasonable love in terms of 2017-2018 Rookie of the Year odds. The No. 19 overall selection landed 10th among rookies according to offshore bookmaker Bovada with 20-1 odds to take home the hardware.

Then, Collins exploded at the Las Vegas Summer League, racking up big-time numbers and impressing observers with highlight-reel dunks throughout the week. That was enough to garner a First Team All-Summer League nod and the former Wake Forest star saw his popularity jump in a big way.

Now, though, Collins’ Rookie of the Year odds actually went the other way. On Tuesday, Bovada released its new odds for the 2017-2018 Rookie of the Year and, while Collins sits in a four-way tie for 9th in terms of likelihood, his odds are now reflected at 33-1.

Some of this can certainly be tied to the emergence of other rookies, headlined by Dallas point guard Dennis Smith. Still, the prevailing factor might be that the Hawks elected to sign veterans like Dewayne Dedmon and Ersan Ilyasova, taking away presumptive minutes from the rookie and, thus, lessening his opportunity for statistical impact.

If anything, John Collins is probably seen as a better prospect today than he was in late June but that isn’t all that matters in Rookie of the Year projections. At any rate, here is the full (and updated) list:

Lonzo Ball 5/2

Dennis Smith 3/1

Ben Simmons 7/2

Jayson Tatum 5/1

Markelle Fultz 9/1

De”Aaron Fox 9/1

Josh Jackson 16/1

Malik Monk 16/1

John Collins 33/1

Jonathan Isaac 33/1

Justin Jackson 33/1

Lauri Markkanen 33/1