2024 NBA Most Improved Player Betting Odds Breakdown

24 Feb 24
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2024 NBA Most Improved Player Betting Odds Breakdown

With most teams nearing their 60th game of the 82-game NBA season, there are many awards races that have already been run. Rudy Gobert is a shoo-in for DPOY at -909 odds, Tyrese Maxey is pretty much a sure thing for MIP at -200, and Wemby has locked up ROY at -667 odds.

However, there is still some hardware up for grabs, one of which is the Sixth Man of the Year award. There are three main contenders for the award with a couple more fringe candidates that could make some noise. Malik Monk currently sits atop the odds table for the 6OY futures betting markets on most betting sites.


  • Malik Monk is offering the shortest odds to win Sixth Man of the Year this season
  • The Clippers have two of the top four candidates on the odds table
  • Jordan Clarkson leads bench players in scoring and should receive serious consideration
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2023-2024 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Betting Odds - February 23

All odds provided by Sports Interaction.

PlayerNBA Sixth Man of the Year Odds
Malik Monk, SAC-115
Tim Hardaway Jr., DAL+275
Norman Powell, LAC+400
Russell Westbrook, LAC+2,000
Bogdan Bogdanovic, ATL+3,000
Caris LeVert, CLE+3,000
Jordan Clarkson, UTA+4,000
Bennedict Mathurin, IND+5,000
Naz Reid, MINOTB
Bobby Portis, MIL+10,000

Malik Monk, SG, Sacramento Kings: -115 odds

The Kings are in the fight of their lives for a play-in spot, and a big reason for their success is the instant scoring that Malik Monk brings off the bench. He doesn’t do much else other than score, but that’s all he’s really asked to do. He’s averaging 15.2 points per game on a 45/37/82 shooting line so far this season. He’s also averaging 5.2 assists, which is by far the highest number among the top three candidates.

If you’re thinking to yourself, those numbers don’t jump off the page, you’d be right. He has been averaging over 20 points a game on 52.2 percent shooting from the field in February, but considering where the Kings are in the standings and how seemingly pedestrian Monk’s numbers are, you’d think that you could find better value on the board than his -115 odds.

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Dallas Mavericks: +275

Dallas’ sixth man is very similar to Monk in that he’s only there to provide offense when Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving need a blow. He’s averaging slightly more points than Monk, at 15.8, but his slash line of 41/36/86 is not quite as impressive as Monk’s.

While the Mavericks are in sixth as of this writing, they’re only a half-game ahead of the Kings, in eighth. That means that these are both the same type of player, playing for the same caliber team, and performing at very similar levels.

He’s topped 20+ points 15 times, and even put up a 40 ball when he dropped 41 on the Pelicans in January. Hardaway seems like he should have the same odds as Monk, which means his much higher +275 odds are offering a lot of value here.

Norman Powell, SG, Los Angeles Clippers: +400

Guess what Norman Powell’s profile is as a player right now? Yep, you guessed it: instant offense off the bench. Powell is averaging a little bit less than the other two at 13.5 points per game, and like Hardaway, he doesn’t contribute much else.

However, where Powell sets himself apart is through his elite efficiency. His 49.4 field goal percentage is top 25 among guards, and his 45.3 percentage from three-point range is eighth among guards shooting more than one triple per game. His 84 percent mark from the charity stripe is also solid.

His Clippers have a shot at one of the top seeds in the West, which will boost Powell’s chances as well. If he can boost his field goal percentage slightly while getting hot at the free throw line to achieve a 50-40-90 season, he’ll be a shoo-in for this award, so his +400 odds are worth consideration for sure.

Russell Westbrook, PG, Los Angeles Clippers: +2,000

It’s not often that you get two Sixth Man of the Year candidates from the same team, but the Clippers have been that kind of group this year. Powell paired with Russell Westbrook has led to the fifth-best bench offensive rating in the NBA, and while Powell’s finishing a lot of those moves, Westbrook is the one running the show.

The fact that he’s guiding one of the best second units in the league should give him serious consideration for this award. His numbers, 11.3 points, 4.5 assists, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.1 steals, are predictably box-score-stuffing, but not eye-popping. However, Westbrook also brings a lot of the intangibles, imbuing his court-mates with confidence and energy every time they step on the floor. That’s got to count for something.

Like Powell, Westbrook’s candidacy will be helped by the fact that the Clippers are fighting for the top seed rather than a spot in the play-in tournament. If they finish with the best record in the West, it would be hard to deny a Clipper this award. At +2,000, Westbrook is a decent dart throw in this betting market, but it would be hard to see him winning it over his teammate, Powell.

Best of the Rest

Westbrook is already a very long shot at +2,000, so this seems like it might just be a three-horse race—but you never know, one of those guys might go ice cold or pick up an injury, which would open up the race again. Among the field, there’s only one other serious candidate: Jordan Clarkson.

What’s hurting him is the fact that his team is absolutely terrible, sitting back in 11th, seven games behind the Kings. However, if the voters look at this as a true individual award, it would be peculiar if Clarkson didn’t even get discussed as a possible winner.

Among players who come off the bench more than not, Clarkson leads in scoring, with 17.6 per game. He’s exactly the same type of player as Monk, Hardaway, and Powell, only he’s significantly more prolific.

He’s scored 20+ points 17 times, though he has had a bit of a rough patch recently, which is why now might be the best time to hop on his +4,000 odds. He’s also averaging more rebounds (3.5) than all the other top candidates while dishing out, believe it or not, 4.8 assists per game.

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Alex is a recent graduate of Ryerson's Sport Media program in 2019 and has been contributing to BettingTop10 since 2020. He has worked in the field of sports and sports betting for several years, including writing for theScore and daily fantasy sports website FantasyPros as one of their lead NBA news writers. A dedicated sports fan and experienced sports bettor, Alex has the knowledge to provide you with the best betting advice and the sneakiest props no matter what the sport may be.