2023 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Odds and Best Bets
2023 NBA SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR ODDS AND BEST BETS – FEBRUARY 19, 2023 – During this All-Star weekend, we’ve already discussed the teams with the best odds to win it all. We have also discussed the players who are the frontrunners to win the league MVP award as well. The category we will cover today has to do with the players that come off the bench.
As good as the starting unit is, every team needs players who can produce at a moment’s notice. And I think it’s safe that every NBA championship team has had players that have come off the bench and impacted the game when needed. That said, we are going to look at the players that currently have the best odds to win the Sixth Man of the Year award.
Odds Courtesy of DraftKings as of February 19, 2023
Tyrese Maxey (+400)
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Tyrese Maxey with the 21st pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. During his rookie season, Maxey averaged 8.0 points per contest in 15.3 minutes of action. But during his second year in the league, Maxey was afforded more playing time and he certainly made the most of the opportunity as he averaged 17.5 points per outing on slash lines of .485/.427/.866 If you thought those numbers were a fluke, I would advise you to think again.
During this season, the third-year point guard has compiled averages of 19.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. He is shooting a respectable 45.5 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from behind the 3-point line. Maxey is the Sixers’ third-leading scorer behind Joel Embiid (33.1 PPG) and James Harden (21.4 PPG). That said, Maxey has been an important contributor to a Sixers’ team that has the third-best record in the eastern conference.
Norman Powell (+350)
Norman Powell began his NBA career with the Toronto Raptors. During his first four seasons, he was not what you would refer to as a household name. But during his last two seasons with the Raptors, Powell averaged 16.0 and 19.6 points per game, respectively. Powell spent the next two seasons of his career with the Portland Trail Blazers. During that stretch, he averaged 18 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting from the floor and 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Despite his solid production, Powell joined his third team – the LA Clippers in February 2022. After scoring 28 points in his debut with the Clippers, Powell sustained a foot fracture that limited him to just five games. Now that he is healthy again, Powell is proving that he can still be an effective player.
In 50 games with the Clippers this season, Powell is averaging 17.0 points per contest on an efficient 48.6 percent shooting from the field and 41.7 percent from 3-point range. Playing alongside the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George has not impacted his game by any means. And if the Clippers – who have the fourth-best record in the western conference – can stay healthy, they are a team that no one wants to see in the playoffs.
Malcolm Brogdon (-170)
Malcolm Brogdon, like Powell, is playing for this third NBA team. Despite three productive seasons with the Indiana Pacers in which he posted averages of 18.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 6.3 assists while shooting 35.2 percent from three over 146 games, the Pacers dealt Brogdon to the Celtics in exchange for five players and a 2023 first-round pick.
This season, the seventh-year point guard is averaging 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per outing. Sure, Brogdon’s scoring has dipped a bit from the 19.1 points he averaged last season, but his efficiency has not. He is shooting 48.2 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from deep.
One of the reasons why the Celtics came up short in last year’s NBA Finals series was a lack of scoring from their second unit. Not only is Brogdon a reliable scoring threat, but he can also stretch the floor as well. Taking that into consideration, he could be what the Celtics were missing last year, and if he can play at this level during the postseason, the Celtics could be on their way to earning the team’s 18th championship.
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