NBA Most Improved Player Futures: Updated Odds and Analysis
Most Improved Player futures
Top 10, FanDuel Sportsbook, Jan. 29
Christian Wood +125
Jerami Grant +145
Chris Boucher +1400
Collin Sexton +1600
Jaylen Brown +1600
Michael Porter Jr. +3600
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander +3600
Julius Randle +4900
Keldon Johnson +4900
Domantas Sabonis +5500
We are a little more than a month into the NBA season, and it appears two players are running away with the title of Most Improved Player.
First, the preseason favorite, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s odds have gone from +1100 on Dec. 14 to now +3600 as of Jan. 29. His performance, however, is still worthy of conversation. He leads the Oklahoma City Thunder in usage rate with 26.8%. Playing in all 17 games for the 8-9 Thunder, he has averaged 30 minutes per game while scoring 15 points per game and recording four rebounds and three assists. Despite losing key playmakers in Chris Paul, Dennis Schröder and Steven Adams, the Thunder are 10th in the Western Conference and seems to be exceeding expectations, with a chance to be one of the last teams in for playoff contention.
The new favorite at +125 on FanDuel Sportbook, Christian Wood, has proven his ability to be one of the Houston Rockets’ key playmakers. Recently returning from an ankle injury, Wood has started in 13 of 17 games for the Rockets this season, averaging 33 minutes per game, scoring 23 points per game, and recording 11 rebounds and one assist. He is only second to John Wall in usage rate on the team at 27.3%. A member of the Detroit Pistons last season, Wood saw playing time mostly from the bench, only starting 12 games. Averaging 21 minutes per game, he scored 13 points, with six rebounds and one assist. Wood should continue to be a presence on the court for the Rockets, and if he can stay healthy, he may look to secure the Most Improved Player title.
In what looks to be a competition with Wood, Jerami Grant has played as an essential playmaker for the Detroit Pistons. Grant, a member of the Denver Nuggets last season, split time between a bench role and starting. Playing in 71 games for the Nuggets, he started in 24 games, averaging 26 minutes, scoring 12 points per game and averaging three rebounds and one assist. Although the 5-14 Pistons look to be headed toward rebuilding, Grant is second on the team in usage rate at 26.2%, only behind Derrick Rose. Starting in all 19 games this season for the Pistons, Grant sees 36 minutes on the floor, leading him to average 23 points, six rebounds and three assists per game. If he continues shooting at or above his 17.8 shots per game average, Grant should keep the pressure on Wood and could quite possibly become the favorite for the Most Improved Player title.