2023 WNBA MVP Odds: Stewart Captures Second Trophy

A'ja Wilson put up quite a fight in defense of her MVP trophy, closing the season as a favorite. But despite the Most Valuable Player odds, it was the Liberty's Breanna Stewart who was awarded the WNBA's top individual honor.

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2023 2:45 PM ET Read Time: 4 min
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WNBA MVP odds again saw A'ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart battling neck-and-neck for this season's duration.

The two superstars led the WNBA Championship odds favorites throughout the campaign, and while Wilson took home her second-straight DPOY trophy, Stewart has toppled her for MVP honors, as announced Tuesday.

In fact, despite closing as a favorite, Wilson wound up finishing third behind Stewart and Connecticut's Alyssa Thomas, in what was a painfully close race — the second-closest in WNBA history, per Yahoo! Sports

With the results in, let's take a look back at the odds to win WNBA Most Valuable Player in 2023. 

(Editor's Note: WNBA MVP odds were OTB as of September 12, the odds below reflect our last update before the market closed.)

Odds to win 2023 WNBA MVP award

Player Team DraftKings
A'ja Wilson Aces Las Vegas Aces -110
Breanna Stewart Liberty New York Liberty +110
Alyssa Thomas Sky Connecticut Sun +900
Sabrina Ionescu Liberty New York Liberty +30,000
Jackie Young Aces Las Vegas Aces +30,000
DeWanna Bonner Sky Connecticut Sun +30,000
Kelsey Plum Aces Las Vegas Aces +50,000
Arike Ogunbowale Mercury Dallas Wings +50,000
Nneka Ogwumike Mercury Los Angeles Sparks +50,000
Rhyne Howard Mercury Atlanta Dream +50,000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of September 5, 2023.

Favorites to win the WNBA MVP award

A'ja Wilson (-110)

Reigning MVP (and DPOY) A'ja Wilson certainly didn't roll over in her crown's defense, even with a spoil of talent potentially hindering her overall "value" to the team in some pundits' minds.

There were lots of mouths to feed in Vegas this season, but Wilson still asserted herself, putting up 21.9 ppg and 9.3 rpg for the league-leading Aces, while rivaling Stewart in the stocks realms and providing the type of consistently elite D we've come to expect.

Wilson's odds gradually rose over the past month (from +400 in late July) with a series of stellar performances, but her 53-point masterpiece in August might have rung out more loudly than any single game in the MVP narrative.

Wilson came in third in voting, despite closing the market as a slim favorite. But the razor-thin margins on the ballot show that this award really could have gone in any of several directions.

Breanna Stewart (+110)

Breanna Stewart's free agency decision rocked the WNBA this winter, forming a fearsome quartet of All-Stars in New York. 

In the process, she set herself up for MVP favorite status and had held onto the lead for the majority of the season.

Stewart finished second in the league in scoring with 22.6 ppg, adding 9.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists, while among the league leaders in both steals and blocks.

While Wilson put up several superhuman performances down the stretch, Stewart went almost step-for-step production-wise, with the Liberty's 3-1 record against the Aces in August potentially swaying voters in Stewie's direction. 

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Understanding WNBA MVP odds

Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above.  If a player becomes a very strong favorite, their odds will be listed with a minus (-) sign ahead of the number. 

  • A'ja Wilson -110

The (-) means that Wilson is an odds-on favorite, and a bettor needs to wager $110 to win $100. Other contenders in the MVP race have plus (+) odds to win.

  • Breanna Stewart +300

Here, a bettor stands to profit $300 for a $100 wager on Stewart if she wins the award. 

If American odds aren't your thing, simply use a tool like 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.

WNBA MVP odds trends

Here are some trends you'll want to keep in mind when betting on WNBA MVP odds:

  • WNBA MVP has historically been a big woman's award. Elena Delle Donne (2015, '19) is the only perimeter player to win since Diana Taurasi (2009), and Taurasi is the only pure guard to win since Cynthia Cooper (1997, '98).

  • Repeat winners are quite common, with eight players having won two or more MVP trophies in the award's 27-year history.

  • Seeding seems to be of increasing importance recently, with six of the past seven MVP winners being from the league's No. 1 overall seed. The lone exception's team finished second (Stewart, 2023).

WNBA MVP history

A quick look at the last 10 WNBA MVPs, their position, and the team they played for. Stewart's 2023 win joins A'ja Wilson and Elena Delle Donne as repeat winners this decade. 

Year Player Team Position
2023 Breanna Stewart New York Forward
2022 A'ja Wilson Las Vegas Forward
2021 Jonquel Jones Connecticut Forward
2020 A'ja Wilson Las Vegas Forward
2019 Elena Delle Donne Washington Forward
2018 Breanna Stewart Seattle Forward
2017 Sylvia Fowles Minnesota Center
2016 Nneka Ogwumike Los Angeles Forward
2015 Elena Delle Donne Chicago Forward
2014 Maya Moore Minnesota Forward
2013 Candace Parker Los Angeles Forward

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