NBA Most Improved Player Odds: Edwards, Haliburton Top Preseason Board

Anthony Edwards helped lead the Wolves to the playoffs in just his second season in the Association. Find out why there's even more potential for him in Minny this season, as he currently leads the NBA Most Improved Player odds.

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2022 1:51 PM ET Read Time: 4 min
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In a sport as dynamic as basketball, where there are countless ways each player can impact a game, player development and skill cultivation can take on many divergent paths. 

The NBA rewards those who have truly put in the work during the offseason, bestowing the Most Improved Player trophy upon, well... the player who has improved the most. 

The preseason board for this award is often a marriage of skill and opportunity, and Minnesota Timberwolves' guard Anthony Edwards is the early leader to take home the honors. 

Odds to win NBA Most Improved Player

Player Odds to win Most Improved
Anthony Edwards +1,000
Tyrese Haliburton +1,200
Jalen Brunson +1,600
Zion Williamson +1,600
Cade Cunningham +2,000
RJ Barrett +2,000
Anfernee Simons +2,200
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander +2,500
Tyrese Maxey +2,500
LaMelo Ball +2,500
Jordan Poole +2,800
Deandre Ayton +3,000
Jalen Green +3,000
Keldon Johnson +3,000
Collin Sexton +3,000
Scottie Barnes +3,000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of September 27, 2022. 

Favorites to win NBA Most Improved Player

Anthony Edwards (+1,000)

His recent cameo in "Hustle" was no exaggeration — this kid can ball.

Anthony Edwards may have one of the highest ceilings of anyone in the NBA right now. He was a fringe All-Star last year for the up-and-coming Timberwolves, flashing a very rare scoring touch and the type of boundless athleticism that makes one think he can do pretty much anything.

Ant already strikes fear into the hearts of opposing defenders, and was Minnesota's best player in its first playoff appearance with this core. And, it bears noting: He just turned 21 in August.

With Rudy Gobert now fortifying the inside on defense and creating pull in the pick and roll on the other end, Edwards will be in arguably even better surroundings to complement what seems like a breakout season ahead for him.

Tyrese Haliburton (+1,200)

Tyrese Haliburton has a great profile to win MIP. He's an obviously talented youngster with a diverse skill set and great IQ, who was heavily handicapped by his surroundings in Sacramento — both in terms of his opportunity and the tire-fire organizational culture. Given a change of scenery in Indiana, he blossomed, raising his averages across the board to 17.5 points and 9.6 assists per game on a sublime .629 true shooting percentage.

Now, Indiana's in potential rebuild mode, and just about everyone except Haliburton (for whom they traded All-Star Domantas Sabonis just months ago) could be shipped out. Already gone is Malcolm Brogdon, the only obstacle between Tyrese and being this team's unquestioned initiator on offense.

This roster could look a lot different after trade season restarts in earnest on December 15, and a player who appeared on the cusp of blowing up late last season will have a full year in very stat-paddy surroundings to blossom. Don't underestimate the impact of a full season under offensive genius Rick Carlisle on Haliburton's game. 

Jalen Brunson, Zion Williamson (+1,600)

Few players saw their status escalate as much last season as Jalen Brunson, who halfway through the year was still coming off Dallas' bench, and now has been handed over $100 million (granted, by the Knicks, but still).

Brunson proved himself a ruthless and efficient halfcourt scorer and more-than-capable playmaker for the Mavs, and will have even more opportunities to showcase his skills in the Mecca. The Knicks will be leaning heavily on their new acquisition after a season in which they were largely stuck in reverse. 

Already a one-name player despite (somehow) being among the favorites for this award, Zion (Williamson) missed all of last season with a foot injury, and is very much at a career crossroads health-wise. When last healthy (2020-21), he drew All-NBA consideration and put up one of the most efficient scoring seasons in league history, so it's unclear how much higher his stock can go. 

Understanding NBA Most Improved Player odds 

Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. We'll use 2019-20's Rookie of the Year race as an example: 

As the season progressed, with Ja Morant having been a huge favorite, his odds had a minus (-) sign ahead of the number: 

  • Ja Morant -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: 

  • Zion Williamson +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.

NBA Most Improved Player history

Year NBA Most Improved Winner
2021-22 Ja Morant
2020-21 Julius Randle
2019-20 Brandon Ingram
2018-19 Pascal Siakam
2017-18 Victor Oladipo
2016-17 Giannis Antetokounmpo
2015-16 CJ McCollum
2014-15 Jimmy Butler
2013-14 Goran Dragic
2012-13 Paul George
2011-12 Ryan Anderson
2010-11 Kevin Love
2009-10 Aaron Brooks
2008-09 Danny Granger
2007-08 Hedo Turkoglu
2006-07 Monta Ellis
2005-06 Boris Diaw
2004-05 Bobby Simmons
2003-04 Zach Randolph
2002-03 Gilbert Arenas
2001-02 Jermaine O'Neal
2000-01 Tracy McGrady

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