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 this season.
The last day media members had to cast their votes was April 11, however, there has been no announced date on when the NBA awards ceremony will take place. For reference, the awards show typically takes place following the NBA Finals, which is set to start at the beginning of June.
Here are the odds for NBA 6MOY, now that the NBA regular season is a wrap.
Odds to win NBA Sixth Man of the Year
|Player||Odds to win Sixth Man of the Year|
|Kelly Oubre Jr.||+5,000|
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of March 23, 2022. The odds are now closed as the regular season has come to an end. These odds are what the market closed at following the end of the season.
Favorite to win NBA Sixth Man of the Year
Tyler Herro (-20,000)
Most books have understandably frozen this market, as the award has long since been decided.
After stagnating as a sophomore, Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro was on fire this season, holding down the top spot on the Sixth Man of the Year odds board from the opening tip, and definitively making this his award to lose. Herro's averaging career-bests in points (20.9) and assists (3.8) per game — the former leads qualifying sixth men by a mile — and has put the rest of the field in an increasingly-large hole all season.
Herro's been even better in March, averaging 24.3 ppg over 10 games. The league might as well etch his name in the trophy now.
Kelly Oubre Jr. (+5,000)
Holding steady at No. 2 to end the year is Charlotte Hornets swingman Kelly Oubre Jr., who's making the most of a change of scenery. After an inconsistent season in Golden State, Oubre has been the lead bench triggerman for a potent Hornets offense, scoring 15.7 ppg.
Oubre has cooled off a bit since a torrid run at the start of December thrust him into this spot, but a thin field of true contenders for Sixth Man has kept him afloat on the odds board.
Kevin Love (+5,000)
The first real threat to Oubre's bridesmaid status in months, Love found himself tied for the No. 2 spot despite inconsistent minutes and outputs over the past month.
While Love is instant offense for the Cavs some nights, their crowded frontcourt also caps his playing time on others, with five sub-20-minute outings in his past 11 games.
In either case, it's encouraging to see Love playing relevant basketball again after three lost seasons for the tanking Cavs.
The rest of the field
From Love, we find a precipitous drop to the rest of the longshot contenders.
Montrezl Harrell (+10,000) started off this season on fire, but his production had steadily slipped along with the Wizards' record before a deadline trade to Charlotte, where his stats have been largely similar. And defending champ Jordan Clarkson (+15,000) has reprised his role as Utah's microwave bench scorer, however, his numbers were well off last season's pace.
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
Utah's Jordan Clarkson was last season's 6MOY winner.
Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford lead the all-time 6MOY tally, each winning three times.
Jordan Clarkson is currently a +15,000 longshot to win 6MOY.