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2024 WNBA Championship odds: Can Caitlin Clark overcome challenges for Rookie of the Year?

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Caitlin Clark may have been the No. 1 pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft, but her rookie season with the Indiana Fever has not been without its struggles. Despite averaging 16.9 points, 6.5 assists, and 5.4 rebounds per game, Clark is shooting just 37.6% from the field and 31% from beyond the arc. The Fever have also gotten off to a rough start with a 2-8 record. However, despite these challenges, Clark remains a front runner for the WNBA Rookie of the Year award.

At FanDuel Sportsbook, Clark is heavily favored to win the Rookie of the Year award with odds of -700. Following behind her are Cameron Brink of the Sparks with odds of +700, Angel Reese of the Sky with odds of +1200, Rickea Jackson of the Sparks with odds of +3400, and Kamilla Cardoso of the Sky with odds of +5000. Clark’s popularity has greatly impacted attendance at Fever games, surpassing last season’s home attendance in just five games with Clark on the team.

Despite her on-court success, Clark has faced challenges from her peers, particularly during a recent game against the Chicago Sky. Clark’s rival, Angel Reese, plays for the Sky and tensions escalated when Sky guard Chennedy Carter shoved Clark to the ground during a game. The incident sparked controversy and criticism towards Carter for the foul as well as Clark’s teammates for not intervening to protect her. Despite the physicality, the Fever ultimately won the game, with Clark finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.

One area where Clark has excelled is in assists, ranking fourth in the league with 6.5 assists per game. However, she leads the league in turnovers with 5.6 per game. Reese, on the other hand, has seen a significant improvement in her odds for Rookie of the Year, moving from +3500 before the season to +1200. She showcased her skills in a game against the Fever, posting nine points and 13 rebounds and ranking seventh in the league in rebounds with 8.9 per game.

As the WNBA season continues to unfold, fans can expect more exciting matchups and performances from Clark, Reese, and other top rookies in the league. Stay tuned to FOX Sports for the latest WNBA news and updates as the competition heats up. Whether Clark can overcome her shooting struggles and lead the Fever to more victories remains to be seen, but one thing is certain – the rookie class of 2024 is making a significant impact on the league.

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