NBA Regular Season Award Odds
The NBA is arguably playing at the highest level of skill that we have ever witnessed, which means every regular season award is that much more competitive. With superstars vying to cement their legacies, unproven players looking to break through to the next level, and rookies that want to prove they’re the top of their draft class, NBA awards odds are a great way to see who’s got the best chance to end this season with a new accolade to their name.
Below you can find all of the current favourites with their up-to-date odds courtesy of DraftKings Ontario Sportsbook so you know who the leaders are for all the major awards given out at the end of the NBA regular season.
Most Valuable Player: Luka Doncic (+275)
Turning the NBA into his own personal game of 2K MyCareer, Luka Doncic is putting up insane numbers this season and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.
With historic performances becoming routine to his day-to-day efforts, at only 23 years old, Doncic has established himself as one of the top talents the NBA has seen in decades. Able to control the pace of the game from start to finish, Doncic’s silky smooth game allows him to sift through defences finishing with soft touches around the rim, or striking from deep with his killer stepback jump shot.
On top of being a generational scorer in the NBA, Doncic also makes his team better by acting as the lead distributor. Doncic has elite passing ability, able to find the open man from anywhere on the court. With his terrific basketball IQ, he is truly an unguardable player as he will destroy you in one-on-one situations and easily break double teams thanks to his pinpoint passing accuracy.
With Doncic leading the Mavericks to the upper echelon of the Western Conference, if they can land a favourable spot in the league standings Doncic will be a no-brainer pick to claim this seasons league MVP Award.
Defensive Player of the Year: Jaren Jackson Jr. (+100)
The defensive anchor for the young and exciting Memphis Grizzlies, Jaren Jackson Jr. is an intimidating force on the defensive end of the court.
With amazing size, strength, and length, Jackson Jr. is a naturally gifted defender. Coupling his size with his fantastic athleticism and you have a virtually unstoppable force on defence. JJJ is an elite shot blocker, able to erase shots with ease from anywhere on the court.
Jackson Jr’s shot-blocking prowess is largely thanks to his massive 7′3″ wingspan that allows him to extend and alter the trajectory of any opposing player’s shot attempt.
Not only is JJJ a force on the interior, but he also has quick feet that allow him to clamp down on smaller, faster players along the perimeter. This makes him a versatile and dangerous defender as he can switch on to virtually any player from any spot on the court.
While Jackson Jr. still has work to do in his general basketball IQ defensively as he regularly gets himself into foul trouble due to his high motor and gambling mentality when defending shots, his defensive ability is impossible to ignore. Leading the way for one of the top defensive units in the NBA, back JJJ to win this year’s DPOY award and earn his first piece of major hardware in his NBA career.
Sixth Man of the Year: Russell Westbrook (-130)
A player that has received more than his fair share of criticism entering into the 2022-23 NBA Season, Russell Westbrook may have found his new niche as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. The former league MVP was hesitant to the reserve role at first but has blossomed and found an increase in production since being moved from the starting lineup.
Able to use his explosive first step and plethora of NBA experience to work against opposing reserve players, Westbrook has quickly developed into a standout sixth-man in the NBA. Helping his Lakers squad find results from their bench as well as creating a more fluid starting lineup, Westbrooks’s move to the bench not only has his team looking improved but has himself looking rejuvenated.
If Westbrook can continue his fantastic play and maintain his pace, we could see Westbrook become the third player in NBA history to claim both the MVP as well as Sixth Man of the Year honours in their career (James Harden and Bill Walton the other two to do so).
At +120, Brodie looks to be a great bet for all 6MOY bettors as he continues to blossom in his new role and help provide meaningful minutes for his Lakers team.
Most Improved Player of the Year: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (-130)
One of the top Canadian players in the NBA, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has looked spectacular this season, shining as a lone bright spot on a mediocre Oklahoma City Thunder squad.
SGA has looked fantastic at every aspect of the game, currently averaging career-bests in points, steals, and blocks per game, while shooting the ball at a highly efficient clip. As one of the leading scorers in the entire NBA, Gilgeous-Alexander is a fantastic bet for this year’s Most Improved Player.
Having shown growth in his game each and every season in the NBA, SGA has been balling out this season and has given his team legitimate hopes of making the play-in tournament. As the undisputed top dog on his team, SGA uses his smooth game to slither through the defence, finishing cleanly at the rim or pulling up for easy jumpers and floaters from the mid-range.
Back the Toronto, Ontario Native to claim his first individual player award as he takes the next step in his career towards stardom as he emerges as one of the next top talents in the league.
Rookie of the Year: Paolo Banchero (-1200)
The number-one overall draft pick from this past year’s NBA Entry Draft, Paolo Banchero is looking to remain atop his draft class and claim the Rookie of the Year award this season.
Coming out of Duke, Banchero uses his great size and world-class athleticism to blow past defenders and finish strong at the rim. After being drafted by the Orlando Magic, Banchero will be the instant alpha on his team and will receive the majority of touches on the offensive end.
The Rookie of the Year award doesn’t usually take into account team success, which is a benefit for Banchero as the Magic are unlikely to pick up many wins this season. Banchero will be able to stuff the stat sheet on a nightly basis and have ample room for growth and opportunity on his team.
At (-500) Banchero is a heavy favourite to claim the league’s top freshman honour and will be set for a big first year as a pro.
Coach of the Year: Joe Mazzulla/Jacque Vaughn (+250)
After taking over as the Head Coach of the Boston Celtics, Joe Mazzulla has elevated his squad’s overall play, maintaining their league-best defence, while drastically improving their offence.
A now high-powered offence, Mazzulla deserves plenty of credit when it comes to the Celtics success this season. Getting the most out of his star duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics have looked dominant in every game they’ve played this season. Improving the team’s offence without jeopardizing their defensive strategy is a tough task, but one that Mazzulla embraced and succeeded with.
With Mazzulla at the helm of the Celtics, look for this well-oiled machine to keep improving, finishing with a top spot in the Eastern Conference that could land Mazzulla the Coach of the Year Award in his first season as an NBA Head Coach.
Also leading the way in the NBA Coach of the Year race, newly appointed Head Coach Jacque Vaughn has salvaged the Brooklyn Nets season and has finally seemed to have unlocked their true potential.
With one of the best records in the NBA, the Nets have noticeably improved since moving on from former-Head Coach Steve Nash. Vaughn has resonated well with his star-studded team and has managed to put them firmly in the running for this year’s NBA Championship.
Alongside Mazzula, Vaughn is a terrific option for any NBA futures bets placed on this seasons Coach of the Year race.