2017-18 NBA Most Improved Player Odds
Last season, the Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo ran away with the Most Improved Player award. He improved his stats across the board and went from being a solid player to elite almost overnight. His PER (player efficiency rating) skyrocketed from 18.8 to 26.1 and he heads into this year with the 5th best MVP odds.
However, this is one award that you really can’t win two seasons in a row. Now, oddsmakers have the difficult job of projecting who is going to break out this year. Many of the top names will have new roles heading into the season, while others are high draft picks who are still young and have yet to show their full potential.
|Player||10/16 (PaddyPower)||10/2 (PaddyPower)|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||+1400||+1100|
Originally published 10/2
At +550, Rodney Hood of the Jazz is PaddyPower’s favorite. With Gordon Hayward out of town, Hood’s role is expected to be much more important. Heading into his fourth season, he’s hoping to bounce back from somewhat of a down year in which he only played 59 games due to injury. Without Hayward, Hood has the chance to be Utah’s #1 option on offense and push for 20 points a game.
Now in Brooklyn, D’Angelo Russell has the chance to become the bright spot for a depressing franchise. The former #2 pick was kind of bogged down on the Lakers, but could put up some big numbers on a crappy, but improving Nets squad.
A funny name on the list in my mind is Austin Rivers. This will be his sixth season, but guess what?! Daddy’s boy is going to get mad minutes with CP3 and JJ Redick out of town. Last year, he had a career best 12 points an 2.8 assists per game. This season…18 and 5? We shall see.
Who do you like? I’m guessing some of those people that say that Buddy Hield is the next Steph Curry will like his odds at 16/1. Let us know you you’re taking by tweeting @SportsInsights.