2021-22 NBA Awards Odds: Sixth Man, Most Improved Player, and DPOY
NBA fans and hoop heads are trying to determine the best bets for wagering on the 2021-2022 NBA awards as top sportsbooks have begun to release their latest odds for some of the most exciting accolades for the season.
Top Defensive Player of the Year
Draymond Green, forward for Golden State Warriors, is leading the way with odds of +120 to take the accolade of the Year’s Top Defensive Player, proving once more that he’s still a premier NBA defender.
Golden State’s defense has played a key role in the team’s overall success this year. Should it carry on in a similar vein, it’ll be challenging to overlook Green’s contribution. As the turn of the year approaches, he is ranking top for the NBA’s defensive rating (with a ranking of 98.6) as well as second for his defensive win shares (with a scale of 2.2).
Always a top candidate to receive this accolade, Green’s impressive defensive IQ pairs with his outstanding ability to take on other bigs and win in 1:1 battles. This season, he is right back in the heart of the action.
Second on the radar is Utah Jazz’s center, Rudy Gobert, who has scooped this award in no less than 3 of the last 4 seasons. It comes as no surprise that he seems to be a favorite once more to add one more DPOY award to the collection he has already accrued.
Gobert continues to cause chaos on the ball’s defensive side, having spent most of the early matches this season leading the way in the DPOY odds before Green overtook him. Gobert isn’t too far behind, though, with odds of +200 on winning the award.
DPOY Odds for 2021-22
- Draymond Green – odds of +120
- Rudy Gobert – odds of +200
- Giannis Antetokounmpo – odds of +900
- Mikal Bridges – odds of +2000
- Jarrett Allen and Joel Embiid – odds of +3000
- Bam Adebayo and Myles Turner – odds of +5000
- Alex Caruso – odds of +6600
- Clint Capela, Deandre Ayton, Matisse Thybulle, and Marcus Smart – odds of +8000
- Anthony Davis – odds of +10000
NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year
At present, this competition looks like a one-person event, with Tyler Herro – guard for Miami Heat – having started the 2021-2022 season in impressive style. He leads the way with odds of -200, with Kelly Oubre Junior next up with odds of +1100. In third place is Montrezl Harrell, with odds of +2000.
Herro’s average of 20.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game has looked particularly impressive for Miami Heat. While it’s still early days, he seems as if he could well be taking this award home this season.
Meanwhile, Kelly Oubre Junior, playing for Charlotte, is the next up after Herro, has turned up the heat during December with an average of 19.8 points, 1.8 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game. Having always been an excellent 3-point shooter, he has also become exceptionally prolific this season, ranking 5th in the entire NBA with his 99 treys.
In all of the 35 games that Oubre has played for the Charlotte Hornets this season, he has been very reliable, performing at the highest level, but the red-hot start made by Herro has put him in front by quite a margin so far this season. Oubre faces an uphill struggle, but he may be able to close that distance fairly rapidly if he manages to continue playing at this high level.
NBA’s Sixth Man Odds for 2021-22
- Tyler Herro – odds of -200
- Kelly Oubre Junior – odds of +1100
- Montrezl Harrell – odds of +2000
- Alex Caruso, Dennis Schroder, and Jalen Brunson – odds of +3000
- Jordan Poole – odds of +3500
- Jordan Clarkson and Ricky Rubio – odds of +4000
- Buddy Hield – odds of +5000
- Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, and Patty Mills – odds of +6000
- Bobby Portis – odds of +8000
NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year
Currently, the favorite in the MIP odds is still Miles Bridges, a small forward for the Charlotte Hornets with odds of +160. He began this year already close to the odds boards top, and he’s proven he belongs over his last few games.
In his 4th year, oddsmakers expected another major jump from Bridges, an alumnus of Michigan State, and he’s certainly delivered. This season, he’s played a larger role and has averaged 19.7 points, 3.7 assists, 7.2 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, and 1.1 steals per game. He’s shown some considerable improvement, and certainly it hasn’t hurt him to play with top passer LaMelo Ball.
Close behind Bridges is Ja Morant with odds of +450. He has become quite the star during his 3rd NBA campaign. Having an average of 19.1 points in his sophomore year, he’s scoring a game average of 24.1 points this season.
He’s also made impressive strides in other key statistical categories, averaging 6.8 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 0.3 blocks, and 1.6 steals per game. Sadly, his chances to take the Most Improved Player award have taken a hit due to a recent injury.
Morant and Bridges are ahead of their rivals, but a few other players could be contenders for the award.
Most Improved Player Odds for 2021-22
- Miles Bridges – odds of +160
- Ja Morant – odds of +450
- Dejounte Murray – odds of +800
- Darius Garland – odds of +1300
- LaMelo Ball – odds of +1600
- Jordan Poole – odds of +2200
- Anthony Edwards, Cole Anthony, Tyler Herro, and Jarrett Allen – odds of +3000
- Desmond Bane – odds of +4000
- Tyrese Maxey – odds of +5000
- OG Anunoby – odds of +8000
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