NBA Most Improved Player Odds: Morant Now Favored vs. Field

The NBA's MIP Award celebrates the guys who have put in work and taken their games to the next level. Find out who's making a name for themselves this season with our latest NBA Most Improved Player odds update.

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2022 1:29 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 complex 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. 

Whether it's a former supporting player flourishing in an increased role, or a star making the leap to the league's upper echelon, let's take a look at the current contenders with our NBA Most Improved Player odds. 

Odds to win NBA Most Improved Player

Player Odds to win Most Improved
Ja Morant -145
Miles Bridges +350
Dejounte Murray +1,300
Darius Garland +1,900
Desmond Bane +3,500
LaMelo Ball +3,500
Jarrett Allen +3,500
Jordan Poole +4,000
Tyler Herro +4,500
Cole Anthony +5,000
Anthony Edwards +5,000
Fred VanVleet +7,000
Tyrese Maxey +9,000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of January 12, 2021.

Favorite to win NBA Most Improved Player

Ja Morant (-145)

Increasing his lead atop the MIP odds board is Grizzlies superstar-in-the-making PG, Ja Morant, who has been simply aflame since his return to the lineup. Morant has increased his scoring from 19.1 to 24.9 ppg, while also posting career-best marks in steals and rebounds. He's improved his 3-point shooting — once regarded as his biggest weakness on offense — to 38% on career-high volume. Only bolstering his narrative, the Grizzlies are now safely a Top-4 squad in the West, and Morant looks to be channeling his early-season form consistently. 

And, true to Morant's humble and selfless nature, while he's the current odds leader, he's busy publicly campaigning for teammate Desmond Bane's (+3,500) MIP candidacy: 

Miles Bridges (+350)

The current second favorite in the NBA's Most Improved Player odds is Hornets swingman Miles Bridges, who made a leap late last season and has jumped into the stratosphere so far this year. Bridges is averaging career highs across the board, including scoring, which has jumped from 12.7 to 19.6. Bridges is also operating more efficiently, with his turnover rate down from 13.6 to 9.3%, despite seeing increased usage and attention from opposing defenses. 

Dejounte Murray (+1,300)

The top two have clearly separated themselves from the rest of the pack, where we find Spurs PG Dejounte Murray in third. With DeMar DeRozan gone and more opportunity for usage, Murray's counting stats have all skyrocketed to career-highs, as he's become one of the league's more credible triple-double threats, while still providing stellar defense (leading the NBA with 2.1 steals per game). 

Darius Garland (+1,900)

It only makes sense that the Cavs — perhaps the surprise of this NBA season so far — would have a contender for MIP emerge. Enter Darius Garland, the third-year combo guard who has shone with an increased onus on offense in the wake of Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio's season-ending injuries. Garland's averaging 19.4 points and 7.3 assists for the Cavs, who, against most odds, sit sixth in the East at 23-18. 

Desmond Bane, LaMelo Ball, Jarrett Allen (+3,500)

In a three-way tie to round out the Top are, oddly enough, three teammates of top contenders. 

Desmond Bane is Memphis' sharp-shooting two-guard, a stout defender who has developed a great off-the-bounce game and is partnering with Morant to form one of the NBA's best backcourts.

LaMelo Ball won Rookie of the Year last season, and has joined with Bridges to raise the Hornets' ceiling and, with his numbers up across the board, continue his likely trajectory to superstardom.

And Allen has exploded as a serious All-Star contender for the Cavs, posting career-highs in a number of categories while playing defense that has him among the Defensive Player of the Year odds contenders. 

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 6MOY Winner
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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