NBA Sixth Man of the Year odds give basketball bettors a chance to sweat the unsung heroes of hardwood.
While these players will seldom earn top billing, or garner as much interest as awards like the NBA MVP odds, sixth men play a crucial role in the success of an NBA roster, particularly with the waves of absences that have plagued the league in seasons past
The competition for this award is often thick, but while Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro blew the field out of the water last season, taking 96 of 100 first-place votes, we have a new preseason favorite for 2022-23.
Here's a preseason look at the Sixth Man of the Year odds.
Odds to win NBA Sixth Man of the Year
|Player||Odds to win Sixth Man of the Year|
|Kelly Oubre Jr.||+3,500|
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of September 27, 2022.
Favorite to win NBA Sixth Man of the Year
Jordan Poole (+450)
Fresh off an NBA Championship, Jordan Poole's ascent from the G-League to Splash Stepbrother was slightly derailed by Klay Thompson's return from a multi-year absence.
While Poole showed out as a starter with Thompson sitting, he'll be microwave scoring in its purest form off the bench, which is often the best recipe for success with Sixth Man voting.
Still just 23, Poole could see more growth — especially on defense — and make himself an even more valuable bench asset for Golden State's title defense.
Tyler Herro (+500)
Considering Tyler Herro led this race wire-to-wire last season and closed as a -20,000 favorite, it's mildly shocking not to see him sitting on top of the odds board right now.
Herro put up a bench scoring output that's been topped just once in the past 15 years, breezing by a weak field that saw no other contenders put up convincing season-long cases.
While the competition should be stiffer this season, Herro's got himself a renewed green light in Miami's second unit and several pathways to more minutes. He closed last season on a tear, and might even be able to outdo his stellar 6MOY campaign if he keeps the upward momentum.
Christian Wood (+1,000)
Apparently, the Mavericks seem intent on letting Christian Wood ride on second units, announcing on media day that he would be coming off the bench. As a result, he's vaulted up the Sixth Man odds, rising from +3,000 last week.
Wood put up 18 and 10 for the Rockets last year in just 30 minutes per game as a starter, and will probably be leveraged as a main offensive option in non-Luka Doncic minutes.
While the talent is unquestioned, commitment issues have plagued Wood throughout his career, and weren't necessarily put to rest in Houston. This will be first real tour with a competitive franchise as he hopes to solidify himself as more than a "good stats, bad team" guy.
Understanding NBA Sixth Man of the Year 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.
It's worth noting that, recently, the Sixth Man Award hates big men. Since Antawn Jamison won playing out of position as a small forward on the 2003-04 Dallas Mavericks, only two non-guards (Lamar Odom '11, Montrezl Harrell '20) have claimed the trophy.
NBA Sixth Man of the Year history
|Year||NBA 6MOY Winner|
NBA Sixth Man of the Year odds FAQ
Miami's Tyler Herro was the 6MOY winner in the 2021-22 season.
Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford lead the all-time 6MOY tally, each winning three times.
Tyler Herro, Kevin Love, and Kelly Oubre Jr. finished the season as the betting favorites to win.