It's been quite the ride for Sixth Man of the Year odds in 2022-23.
Early uncertainty abounded in the market, but Russell Westbrook was demoted to a reserve role and rose from OTB, to a speculative underdog, and then an odds-on favorite for months, filling box scores regularly off the bench.
But perhaps predictably, the trade winds blew in L.A., leaving Westbrook on the buyout market, signing with the Clippers, and — for now, at least — starting.
As such, the NBA odds to award the league's best bench player were put in heavy flux, and Westbrook's seen his name tumble down the board considerably.
And just when Malcolm Brogdon looked to bring the same stability to the market he has to Boston's bench, he was violently upended by Immanuel Quickley.
But that flash in the pan has fizzled rather, um, quickly, leaving Brogdon again as the favorite. Here's a look at the latest odds to win Sixth Man of the Year.
Odds to win NBA Sixth Man of the Year
|Player||Team||Sixth Man of the Year odds|
|Malcolm Brogdon||Boston Celtics||-150|
|Immanuel Quickley||New York Knicks||+120|
|Bobby Portis||Milwaukee Bucks||+1,600|
|Malik Monk||Sacramento Kings||+2,000|
|Austin Reaves||Los Angeles Lakers||+6,000|
|Russell Westbrook||Los Angeles Clippers||+10.000|
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of March 22, 2023.
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Favorite to win NBA Sixth Man of the Year
Malcolm Brogdon (-150)
The Celtics seemed to badly need some playmaking and secondary scoring after their Finals loss, and promptly snagged Brogdon in the offseason, killing two birds with one stone.
Brogdon's production wavered throughout the early season, but he's been a crucial cog to Boston's top-tier regular season, bolstering an offense that still ranks No. 3 league-wide. Especially through recent injuries to the Celtics' backcourt, Brogdon has been crucial in keeping defenses honest.
The big question with Brogdon is his health, as he's missed large chunks of four of the past six seasons. But with 61 games already logged this season, he's in a less strenuous role and on pace for his healthiest campaign since his rookie year.
Immanuel Quickley (+120)
A few weeks ago, Immanuel Quickely was +2,200, but with a hot stretch helping boost the Knicks' recent surge up the East standings, he's ascended a market without much of a favorite or consensus this season.
Quickley appears to be peaking at the right time, punctuated by his career-high 38 points in a recent double-OT win over Boston (ironically in a spot-start). Recency bias will be strong in voters' minds, and his stats should continue to rise in 2023 with the confidence his recent performances will inspire.
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 6MOY betting trends
Here are some trends you'll want to keep in mind when betting on NBA Sixth Man of the Year:
- Guards have absolutely owned this award recently, winning 6MOY in nine of the past 10 seasons.
- Only three centers (Montrezl Harrell '20, Roy Tarpley '88, and Bill Walton '86) have won 6MOY.
- Both Jamal Crawford ('10, '14, '16) and Lou Williams ('15, '18, '19) are recent three-time winners, so voter fatigue may matter less in this market.
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 is currently starting for Miami, and is not listed on the 6MOY board.