We’re just under a month into the NBA season and there have already been some big surprises. The Utah Jazz played as one of the best teams in the NBA and everyone expected it to be a rebuilding year there. A big reason for their success is Jordan Clarkson, winner of the 2020-21 Sixth Man of the Year. Below we take a look at the odds for the Sixth Man of the Year courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook and who can be a good bet.
2022-23 Sixth Man of the Year odds
Just like the rest of the rewards, you never want to bet on a player whose team will miss the playoffs. The only award players on losing teams typically receive In 2022, Tyler Herro won the award and the Miami Heat were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. In 2021, Jordan Clarkson won the award and the Utah Jazz were the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. There is a trend here.
The favorite to win it this season is Russell Westbrook who sits at +150. He has played much better since Darvin Ham made the decision to have him off the bench. Since coming off the bench, Westbrook is averaging 19.6 points, 7.6 assists, 4.8 rebounds and one steal per game. It gave the Lakers a shock in their second unit. The Lakers will have to be competitive for Westbrook to really solidify his case, which could still happen.
Jordan Poole is not far behind Westbrook as his odds are set at +280. It may be an even better bet due to the quality of the Warriors. Although they have struggled, you have to believe that they are going to turn things around very soon. Between them and the Lakers, the Warriors have a better chance of succeeding. Poole is averaging 15.2 points, 4.9 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. He’ll have to play better, but that might be my favorite bet for sixth man of the year.
Christian Wood, Bennedict Mathurin, Collin Sexton and Bones Hyland are some other intriguing options at much higher odds.
Wood is sitting at +700 and it’s surprising to see him come off the bench in Dallas. His team will be good enough for him to win the prize. He is averaging 15.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. Mathurin is a fun option because it’s rare to see a rookie win this award. He’s averaging 19.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists, but his team isn’t playing well so it would be hard for him to win.
Sexton and Hyland are a long way off, but both have had big impacts for their contending teams. Sexton is averaging 14.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and two assists per game and has played a major role in Utah’s success. Hyland was extremely fun to watch. He’s averaging 13.8 points, 3.8 assists and 1.6 rebounds for the Nuggets this season.