It’s not often that any NBA awards would be decided within the first 15 games of the regular season, but that appears to be the case when it comes to the Sixth Man of the Year.
If you are to believe the oddsmakers, this is a one horse race and it would appear that sports betting customers would agree given where the money is going. Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro is already the overwhelming favourite to win the award for the NBA’s best bench player for the 2021/22 regular season, being priced at +115 with BetMGM.
Full NBA Sixth Man Of The Year Odds
- Tyler Herro +115
- Carmelo Anthony +1600
- Jordan Clarkson +1600
- Buddy Hield +2500
- Derrick Rose +3500
- Jalen Brunson +4000
- Jordan Poole +4000
- Alex Caruso +4000
- Patty Mills +5000
- Joe Ingles +5000
Herro has been the outstanding player off the bench in the early weeks of the NBA season, averaging 21.5 points, 3.7 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game, while also shooting 37% from three.
He has been a key part of their offense, taking more field goals per game than any other player on the team despite coming off the bench. Many predicted Herro would win the Sixth Man award at the start of the season, but nobody expected it to be quite as one-sided as the current odds would suggest.
The 21-year-old is enjoying a bounce back year after performing below expectations last season, just as the Heat did as a whole last time around. Now, they are one of the leading contenders in the Eastern Conference behind the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.
Still, the NBA is unpredictable and those odds can leave sports bettors with excellent value elsewhere within the market. Injuries often play a part and although we would not wish to see that happen to anybody, they are a reality that must be considered.
Sitting behind Herro as the second-favourite at this moment in time is Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony at +1600. Anthony has been the Lakers offensive spark plug off the bench so far, averaging 16 points per game, while also shooting 47% from three-point range.
He is also enjoying his most efficient offensive scoring season since the 2007/08 season with the Denver Nuggets and would be the oldest player to ever win the award at the age of 37.
Melo is level with the reigning winner Clarkson at +1600, with the Utah Jazz man winning it for the first time in 2021. His scoring, assists and three-point percentage have all taken a hit in the early weeks of this season as he aims to join Lou Williams in being the only player to win it in back-to-back years since 1992.
Buddy Hield has put the summer’s trade saga behind him by having a strong personal start to the year with the Sacramento Kings. A deal was agreed for him to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason before they instead decided to go with Russell Westbrook, but he is currently a +2500 contender.
As far as other outsiders go, there is the New York Knicks’ Derrick Rose (+3500), the Dallas Mavericks’ Jalen Brunson (+4000), the Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Poole (+4000), the Chicago Bulls’ Alex Caruso (+4000), the Brooklyn Nets’ Patty Mills (+5000) and the Utah Jazz’s Joe Ingles (+5000).
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