Most Improved Player Futures Odds and Analysis
The start of the NBA regular season is right around the corner, and FanDuel Sportsbook has posted odds for the Most Improved Player.
Top 10 Odds to Win
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander +1100
- Michael Porter Jr +1400
- Jamal Murray +1600
- Tyler Herro +1800
- Zion Williamson +1800
- Chris Boucher +2400
- Christian Wood +2400
- Coby White +2400
- Deandre Ayton +2400
- Ja Morant +2400
What a difference a year can make. As free agency ends, coaching changes and player roles become defined, a player designated for the second unit last season can walk into more playing time and make a real impact on the floor, night in and night out this season.
With a shortened NBA season, teams will look to hit the ground running and may depend on veteran players to provide stability to new rotations, limited practices and to shake off the rust of a prolonged break.
At the top of the list are Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (+1100) and Michael Porter Jr. (+1400). Gilgeous-Alexander should reap the benefits of being the primary ball handler for Thunder this year, without Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder. In the 135 minutes without Paul and Schroder last season, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 31.69 points, 9.99 assists, and 7.12 rebounds, not to mention a 33.7% usage rate. With a new squad, the Thunder will look to Gilgeous-Alexander for leadership.
Already playoff-tested, Michael Porter Jr. looks to build upon the foundation from his rookie campaign. The second-year forward could land in a star role for the Nuggets, alongside Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Playing 55 games last season, Porter Jr. averaged 15.4 minutes per game with an average of 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Although he may continue to split time with Will Barton, look for Porter Jr. to have more of a presence in the frontcourt.
Ja Morant may be an interesting pick, currently at +2400. The Murray State sensation dove headfirst into a lead role with the Grizzlies. In 67 games, Morant averaged 31 minutes per game, averaging 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists last season. This season, Morant should continue to see an increase from last season’s 25% usage rate as the primary ball handler.
Finally, Zion Williamson currently sits at +1800. Only playing last season in 24 games, the Pelicans rookie averaged 24 minutes per game, with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. If Williamson stays healthy and is not placed on restrictions, the sky’s the limit. To add, last season, without Jrue Holiday, Williamson put up monster numbers, with an average of 45 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in 169 minutes.
A big if, but Zion might exceed expectations and put MIP-worthy numbers every night.