NBA Sixth Man of the Year odds celebrate the unsung heroes of the hardwood, the guys who lead second units and hold teams together without all the fanfare.
Perhaps never has that been more important than the 2020-21 season, with the NBA facing unprecedented levels of frantic and sudden player unavailability, and the need for bench guys to step up.
As we continue to limp through a bizarre NBA campaign, let's check out the odds to win NBA Sixth Man of the Year
Favorite to win NBA Sixth Man of the Year
Utah Jazz combo-guard Jordan Clarkson is currently a huge favorite in the NBA Sixth Man of the Year odds race at -400. Clarkson was a crucial backup scorer after being acquired from Cleveland mid-last season. He's upped the ante this year, averaging 18.2 points per game and quickly running away with the award as a result.
In second, at +900, is Rockets wing Eric Gordon, who has come alive since James Harden's exit and is behind just Clarkson among bench scorers at 17.8 ppg. Gordon has been one of the lone bright spots for a lifeless Houston team and has continued to rise up the 6th Man of the Year odds board.
Raptors center Chris Boucher (+1,400) is third, in a breakout season for the former G-League MVP and DPOY. Boucher's rangy skillset from the pivot has been crucial for Toronto, who lost both Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka in the offseason. Boucher has been an efficient scorer all season long while ranking among the league's best in blocks per game.
Odds to win NBA Sixth Man of the Year
|Player||Odds to win Sixth Man of the Year (as of March 2)|
|Gary Trent Jr.||+15,000|
Odds courtesy of DraftKings.
Understanding NBA Sixth Man of the Year odds
Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. We'll use last season's Rookie of the Year race as an example:
As last 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
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Where can I bet on NBA Sixth Man of the Year odds?
You may have to shop around for NBA futures odds on who will win Sixth Man of the Year. As a bit more of a niche market, it may not be offered by all sportsbooks. Check out our top online sportsbooks listings for the most trusted books in your area.