Can Beal shoot his way to Rookie of the Year honors?

Can Beal shoot his way to Rookie of the Year honors?
October 18, 2012, 11:00 am
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With the NBA calendar fast breaking toward the start of the regular season in less than a fortnight, odds for various season long awards are starting to trickle out, including Rookie of the Year. As for where Wizards newbie Bradley Beal ranks among the first-year folk, Bovada.lv offers the following:

Odds To Win 2012-2013 NBA Rookie Of The Year       

Anthony Davis (NO)                                19/10

Damian Lillard (POR)                              11/2

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)                   9/1

Thomas Robinson (SAC)                        19/2

Bradley Beal (WAS)                              10/1

Harrison Barnes (GSW)                          12/1

Jonas Valanciunas (TOR)                       12/1

Dion Waiters (CLE)                                15/1

Jeremy Lamb (HOU)                               20/1

* Hardly a stunner that Davis, the unibrowed shot-blocker and number one overall pick in the 2012 draft is the heavy favorite. Even for those onlookers not overly familiar with his collegiate exploits at Kentucky, the 6-foot-10 center picked up legitimate cool points after spending the summer as a member of Team USA's gold medal winning men's squad. Barring injury or some sort Kwame Brown horrid adjustment, it would be a stunner if Davis' interior talents didn't runaway with the award.

*As for Beal, the No. 3 pick sits fifth on the list; Lillard (sixth) and Robinson (fifth) jumped ahead of Washington's rookie. Skilled and advanced as the 19-year-old's perimeter game and composure is, his style almost works against him in such popularity contests. Outside of knocking down copious amount of jumpers in a row, the Florida product doesn't figure to generate a crazy amount of newsy highlights or attention-getting sound bites. Those watching on a nightly basis will appreciate the subtleties to his game, but poise doesn't generate buzz (nor does coming off the bench, which remains a possibility, if not probability).

In addition to Davis, the short-attention span world may instead find Kidd-Gilchrist's hard-charging style, Lillard's lead guard role or Robinson's chiseled frame and rebounding prowess more eye-catching. Then again, if Beal opens and sticks as Washington's backcourt starter, becomes a catalyst for a Wizards' solid start despite no John Wall and just drops buckets, we'll see. We'll see for second place that is.