Sportsbook closes bets on Mavs' Luka Doncic, dubs phenom rookie of the year

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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) shakes hands with Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) as they take the floor before an NBA basketball game at American Airlines Center on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) shakes hands with Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) as they take the floor before an NBA basketball game at American Airlines Center on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

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Luka Doncic has already won the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

Not officially, maybe, but as far as the folks at the online gambling site MyBookie are concerned, the young Dallas Mavericks phenom already has such a stronghold on the race that the company decided to close the book on Doncic bets on Wednesday, more than four months before the award will be announced in June.

“With Luka Doncic a lock to win the 2019 Rookie of the Year, we saw no reason to make people wait until the end of the season to receive their winnings,” David Strauss, Chief Oddsmaker at MyBookie, said in a statement. “As a result, we are paying out more than $150,000 in winning tickets for those who wagered on Doncic during the season.”

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Doncic, drafted No. 3 overall in the NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks before being traded to the Mavericks, has averaged 20.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game as his inaugural NBA season nears his first All-Star break. 

While Doncic did not make an All-Star roster despite more than 4 million votes from fans, the budding ROY will compete on All-Star Saturday night in the skills challenge as well as All-Star weekend’s Rising Stars game.

MyBookie will continue to allow bets on other rookies who could win the award this season while offering double the payout should that player win the award instead of Doncic.

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