Few things in sports are as exhilarating as the back-and-forth brawl of a close NBA game in the fourth quarter, and the league decided to honor its best crunch-time performer by introducing the Clutch Player of the Year award last season.
Now, what exactly constitutes a "clutch" player can take on many definitions, but Sacramento's De'Aaron Fox swiftly swiped the inaugural trophy after comfortably leading this NBA odds market for most of 2023.
With the market having been retired early at several books last season, can Fox dominate the Clutch Player of the Year odds again? He's been installed among the preseason favorites:
Odds to win NBA Clutch Player of the Year
|De'Aaron Fox||Sacramento Kings||+1,200|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||Oklahoma City Thunder||+1,200|
|Luka Doncic||Dallas Mavericks||+1,200|
|Damian Lillard||Milwaukee Bucks||+1,600|
|Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns||+1,600|
|Donovan Mitchell||Cleveland Cavaliers||+1,700|
|Kevin Durant||Phoenix Suns||+1,800|
|Anthony Edwards||Minnesota Timberwolves||+1,800|
|Joel Embiid||Philadelphia 76ers||+2,000|
|Trae Young||Atlanta Hawks||+2,000|
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of September 27, 2023.
Favorite to win NBA Clutch Player of the Year
De'Aaron Fox (+1,200)
Given the context of the previous two decades, what the Sacramento Kings did last season was nothing short of astonishing.
Chief among those deserving blame was De'Aaron Fox, who led the league in clutch scoring by a wide margin and fueled many a Beam-lighting.
With the Kings mostly running it back, Fox should be deployed in a similar role for late-game heroics, with Sacramento's high-octane offense and seeming ignorance to defense enabling lots of scoring in close games.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (+1,200)
If there's a team many talking heads are tabbing for a leap this season, it's the Oklahoma City Thunder, teeming with precocious talent.
Of course, the most glaring reason for that optimism is reigning All-NBA First-Teamer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a usage magnet who nearly won the Most Improved Player award last season and might not have hit his ceiling yet, even as a 30+ ppg scorer.
While OKC has a bevy of young contributors who could grow into bigger roles this season, the offense should still run primarily through Shai, especially in the late stages of close games, where he's shown a propensity to cook.
Look for SGA's dominant run with Canada in the FIBA World Cup to only inspire more confidence in big moments.
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Luka Doncic (+1,200)
Luka Doncic has to be here, if for no other reason than he's likely more singularly important to his team's offense than any player in the league outside of Nikola Jokic.
The ball will be in Luka's hands invariably when the game is on the line, and, more often than not, he makes something magical happen.
What's more, the Mavericks played in an NBA-high 55 games that qualified for the league's clutch stats last season, providing a larger sample of Doncic late-game exploits.
Understanding NBA Clutch Player of the Year odds
Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. We'll use last year's CPOY race as an example:
As the season progressed, with Fox having been a huge favorite, his odds had a minus (-) sign ahead of the number:
- De'Aaron Fox -500
This means that a bettor needs to wager $500 to win $100. Other candidates with worse odds would have a plus (+) sign ahead of the number. Early in the season, before any clear favorite is established, betting options will be listed as such:
- Luka Doncic +650
Here, a bettor stands to profit $650 for every $100 wagered.
If American odds aren't your thing, simply use our odds converter to switch the odds to decimal or fractional format. Most online sportsbooks also give you the option to change the odds format that you see.
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Past Clutch Player of the Year Winners
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|2022-23||De'Aaron Fox||Sacramento Kings|
NBA Clutch Player of the Year betting trends
Since Clutch Player of the Year was a new award introduced for 2023, there isn't much in the way of trends for bettors to dive into.
NBA Clutch Player of the Year FAQ
Sacramento's De'Aaron Fox won Clutch PLayer of the Year in 2023.
NBA media will vote at the end of the regular season, based on criteria such as fourth-quarter scoring, usage rate in clutch games, and win rate.