While slam dunks tend to dominate highlight packages, the value of a quality assist is severely undervalued in today’s NBA. Most sports bettors would be surprised to learn that when it comes to betting on the men dropping those dimes, there’s a ton of value at sportsbooks.
At [custom:bodog-link], Russell Westbrook is a +185 favorite to lead the league in assists per game. Rajon Rondo (+250), Chris Paul (+300), John Wall (+325), Ricky Rubio (+1200), James Harden (+1400), Stephen Curry (+3000), LeBron James (+4000), Draymond Green (+4000) and Darren Collison (+5000) round out the top 10.
Westbrook is a popular play across the board to garner some individual hardware this year. The point guard is a straight-up beast, but I’m not sure if he deserves to be the front-runner in this regard. Now that Kevin Durant is in California, the offense is going to run squarely through Westbrook, which will lead to a ridiculous amount of scoring opportunities and less passing attempts.
OKC’s supporting cast leaves a lot to be desired, so the absence of a second superstar is going to hurt his assist numbers. I'd suggest looking elsewhere.
I love Rondo at +250. Rondo has won the award three times (2012, 2013 and 2015) and is in prime position to make it four this year. Last season Rondo managed to put up 11.7 assists per game on a floundering Sacramento Kings club, and he’s got far better teammates now that he replaced Derrick Rose in Chicago.
Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of the Bulls’ roster when it comes to performing at the betting window, but Rondo won’t struggle to find potential shooters with Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade roaming the floor.
Paul is another solid choice. The Wake Forest product is a four-time assists per game leader, and he hasn’t lost a step at the age of 31. With Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan by his side, look for Paul to put up another fantastic season on the stat sheet.
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