Rondo is odds-on favorite to lead NBA in assists


Rondo is odds-on favorite to lead NBA in assists

BOSTON Rajon Rondo has established himself as one of the NBA's top point guards already so it should come as no surprise that he's expected to repeat as the NBA's assists leader.

According to the online betting website, the odds of Rondo finishing as the league's top assist man are set at 5-to-2, followed by Brooklyn's Deron Williams (7-to-2), Los Angeles Lakers and former assist leader Steve Nash (4-to-1) and Los Angeles Clippers all-star Chris Paul (5-to-1).

In addition to assists leader, the site has the odds of Rondo winning league MVP at 28-to-1.

Not surprisingly, reigning league MVP LeBron James is the favorite with the odds set at 9-to-5.

James is one of just 12 players considered to have better odds than Rondo of winning the league's top individual honor.

The list of those behind the Rondo is fairly impressive as well, including former league MVP and Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki (30-to-1), Chicago's Derrick Rose (50-to-1) in addition to teammates Paul Pierce (60-to-1) and Kevin Garnett (500-to-1).

Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger (30-to-1) is given similar odds of walking away with the league's rookie of the Year award.

Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets, is the favorite with the odds set at 19-to-10, followed by Portland's Damian Lillard (11-to-2), Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (9-to-1) and Sacramento's Thomas Robinson.