Ron Holland NBA Career Projection: Will 5th Overall Pick Live Up To Hype With Pistons?

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The Detroit Pistons raised a few eyebrows in June with their first pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. At No. 5, the team with the league’s worst record this past season took Ron Holland, an 18-year-old who eschewed college basketball and played with the G League Ignite, a team consisting of draft prospects.

At, your source for the best Michigan sports betting promo codes, we’ve traded a basketball for a crystal ball and looked to see how Holland will fare in Motown. The odds we list below are for infotainment purposes only. They are not available on any licensed Michigan betting app, such as the BetRivers Michigan sportsbook.

How Many NBA All-Star Appearances Will Ron Holland Have?

NBA All-Star Appearances OddsPct. Chance
Over 0.5+13542.6%
Under 0.5-13557.4%

There’s no doubt Holland, a 6-foot-8 wing, is a talented player. He averaged 19.5 points and 6.7 rebounds in 29 games last season against older players. However, many mock drafts had Holland as a lower lottery pick. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor had him going to the Sacramento Kings with the 13th pick. analysts listed him as the 12th-best player available, though some of their pundits felt he could go in the top 10.

If you’re looking for actual odds on the 2025 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, BetMGM Michigan Sportsbook offers Holland at +1400. DraftKings lists him at +1500.

Both operators make Alex Sarr, picked second overall by the Washington Wizards, as their favorite, with odds of +425 and +450, respectively.

Ron Holland Rookie Of The Year Odds

Alex Sarr (Wizards)+350
Zaccharie Risacher (Hawks)+450
Stephon Castle (Spurs)+700
Zach Edey (Grizzlies)+1100
Tidjane Salaun (Hornets)+1200
Reed Sheppard (Rockets)+1200
Donovan Clingan (Trail Blazers)+1200
Dalton Knecht (Lakers)+1200
Cody Williams (Jazz)+1400
Ron Holland (Pistons)+1500

Odds at Michigan sportsbooks are up for the 2024-25 NBA season.

Pistons Praised For ‘Gamble’

While O’Connor pegged Holland as a much lower pick, his The Ringer colleague Danny Chau gave the Pistons a B-plus for taking a “gamble” on the versatile player.

“Holland is arguably the best pure athlete in the draft, and perhaps the prospect with the highest ceiling outside of Sarr,” Chau wrote. “He has the burst, the speed, and the vertical explosion (and hangtime) to be a high-level defensive playmaker at the next level—but maybe most important, he has the want-to.”

Customers at Michigan sports betting apps will want to keep an eye on the Pistons as they try to claw their way out of the NBA’s cellar.

Holland comes to a rebuilding Detroit team that just brought in a new team president, Trajan Langdon, and a new coach, J.B. Bickerstaff. Monty Williams was let go after one year as coach and Bickerstaff led a rebuilding process in Cleveland, greatly aided by the trade for Donovan Mitchell. The Cavaliers went 22-50 under Bickerstaff during his first season there in 2020-21, but the team played above .500 the remaining seasons and reached the playoffs the past two years.

Chau noted the Pistons also brought in Fred Vinson as a shooting coach, and Holland will likely benefit from working with Vinson as he seeks to improve his free throw and spot-up shooting.

Oddsmakers do not entertain any thought of the Pistons being playoff contenders this season. Caesars Michigan Sportsbook lists Detroit at +30000 just to win a loaded NBA Central Division that includes the Cavs, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks.

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Steve Bittenbender

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