Aliyah Boston favored in our 2023 WNBA Rookie of the Year picks and odds

2023 WNBA Rookie Of The Year: All Odds Point To Aliyah Boston

A new season of the WNBA means a fresh, young crop of talent coming to the courts. It's time to look at what rookies are expected to impress in the league's first-ever 40-game season. 

Twelve teams continue their battle to win the championship, and the worst of the previous season hope a budding star can help bring them there. 

Who is favored to win the 2023 wNBA Rookie of the year?

Odds to Win the 2023 WNBA Rookie Of The year
Aliyah Boston (Indiana)-200
Diamond Miller (Minnesota)+225
Maddy Siegrist (Dallas)+750
Haley Jones (Atlanta)+3000
Grace Berger (Indiana)+3000
Zia Cooke (Los Angeles)+3000
Lou Lopez Senechal (Dallas)+4000
Laeticia Amihere (Atlanta)+4500
Jordan Horston (Seattle)+4500
Maia Hirsch (Minnesota)+10000

Odds as of May 18

Aliyah Boston A heavy early-season favorite 

Being the first overall draft pick will definitely score you some credit with the oddsmakers. But, eyes have been on Boston for the last couple of years. And here's why:

The South Carolina Gamecock is the definition of a well-rounded player. She can sink baskets, averaging 13 points and 9.8 rebounds per game last season. Riding with South Carolina on its previous 42-game undefeated reign, she shot a shining 54.8 percent from the field. Mind you, those are numbers she put up while being heavily covered by her college opponents. 

Boston is just as brute defensively as she is offensively. In her last two seasons in the NCAA, she was named the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year. 

A reliable two-way player like Boston is exactly what the Indiana Fever, who finished last year with a depressing five wins, heading into a fresh start. Maybe Boston is the saving grace to put them in a playoff position for the first time since 2016, if that's the case, she's a shoo-in for the award. 

maddy Siegrist's Offensive Skills To Soar With Wings (+750)

The Villanova product made sure to have one heck of a season before entering the 2023 draft. Siegrist averaged 29.2 points, the most in the nation before falling in the Sweet 16 of the Women's March Madness

And it wasn't a fluke. Siegrist went on a 37-game streak of dropping at least 20 points in her final season in the NCAA. It broke the record to become the century's longest streak held by any women's (and men's!) D1 basketball player. 

Yeah, those are some pretty promising traits. That same level will be harder to achieve with Dallas, but we'll see how Siegrist fares with the Wings on her back. 

Value pick: Zia Cooke (+3000)

Maybe I'm biased with the South Carolina gals because I was going feral rooting for the Gamecocks this year. I mean, before they fell to Caitlin Clark's Iowa Hawkeyes in the Final Four. 

You can't deny greatness from anyone that was a crucial member of a group that ranked No. 1 for 36 consecutive weeks. 

The Ohio native was hot from the jump in her college career, starting in 33 games in her freshman season. She was a part of the All-SEC in three years and averaged 15.4 points per game. Drafted 10th overall by the Sparks, this is a promising longshot bet at +3000. 

Last 10 wNBA Rookie of the year winners

winners of WNBA Rookie of the year last decade
2022Rhyne Howard (Atlanta)
2021Michaela Onyenwere (New York)
2020Crystal Dangerfield (Minnesota)
2019Napheesa Collier (Minnesota)
2018A'ja Wilson (Las Vegas)
2017Allisha Gray (Dallas)
2016Breanna Stewart (Seattle)
2015Jewell Loyd (Seattle)
2014Chiney Ogwumike (Connecticut)
2013Elena Delle Donne (Chicago)

How To Read WNBA Rookie Of The Year Odds

Online sportsbooks will list WNBA Rookie Of The Year odds to look would look similar to this:

  • Aliyah Boston -200
  • Diamond Miller +225
  • Maddy Siegrist +750

The minus sign (-) indicates who the odds consider the favorite. In this case, it’s the Indiana Fevers Aliyah Boston at -200. Every other player who’s listed is considered an underdog.

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