NBA Most Improved Player Odds: SGA's Offensive Explosion Leads MIP

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's had to spend most of his career toiling away in Oklahoma City, but apparently, he's done being under the radar. With SGA torching opposing defenses, he sits atop the Most Improved Player odds one month in.

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2022 12:20 PM ET Read Time: 4 min
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As we're into a season where competitive parity appears to be at an all-time high, the breakout of a new star player could be the difference between playoffs and lottery balls, or championship aspirations being dreams or reality for a number of teams.

The NBA's Most Improved Player odds are usually tight at this point in the season, but one particular standout is making the league serve notice.

The early NBA odds suggest Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has next. See who else is among the NBA MIP contenders.

Odds to win NBA Most Improved Player

Player Odds to win Most Improved Player
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander -130
Lauri Markkanen +300
Tyrese Haliburton +1,200
Desmond Bane +1,800
Tyrese Maxey +2,200
Bol Bol +3,500
De'Aaron Fox +4,000
Keldon Johnson +4,000
Devin Vassell +4,500
OG Anunoby +6,000
Alperen Sengun +6,000
Anfernee Simons +8,000
Lonnie Walker +8,000
Darius Garland +8,000
Kevin Huerter +8,000
Josh Giddey +8,000
Jalen Brunson +8,000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of November 22, 2022. 

Favorites to win NBA Most Improved Player

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (-130)

We're sure plenty of people haven't been paying attention because, well, you know, Thunder, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a f***ing problem.

SGA put up fairly gaudy numbers each of the past two seasons, but his presence on a small-market tanking franchise not only limited his exposure but his actual time on the court as OKC shut him down late in the season.

Well, Shai wasn't having it this season. He's putting everyone on notice. 31.1 ppg on .526 shooting as a guard will do that. Gilgeous-Alexander's getting to the line for a career-high 8.2 free throws per game, and hitting them at a stellar .908 clip.

SGA's also putting up career highs in steals and blocks, averaging an absurd 3.2 combined. If he keeps putting up these numbers, no amount of Thunder losses will prevent the masses from knowing he's the truth.

Lauri Markkanen (+300)

The Utah Jazz have unquestionably been the pleasant surprise of the early season, and chief among the many guys playing above their preseason projection is Lauri Markkanen

Cast aside by the Bulls and Cavs, the 7-foot Finn is having a renaissance in Utah. He's matching or besting his career highs in virtually every box score stat, including 22.4 ppg to lead the Jazz who, against every conceivable notion, have the best record in the West.

Markkanen's rebounding rate is also up noticeably from last year's anemic pace, and while that may have as much to do with him no longer playing out-of-position as an effective small forward in Cleveland, the optics are great for an MIP narrative. 

Tyrese Haliburton (+1,200)

Tyrese Haliburton has a great profile to win MIP. He's an obviously talented youngster with a diverse skill set and brilliant IQ, who was heavily handicapped by his surroundings in Sacramento — both in terms of his opportunity and the tire-fire organizational culture.

Given a midseason change of scenery in Indiana, he blossomed, and is taking the next step in 2022-23. 

So far, he's made the most of his central role in the Pacers' offense, averaging 20.4 points and an NBA-leading 10.7 assists about as efficiently as possible while piloting surprise Indiana into the playoff picture.

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Understanding NBA Most Improved Player odds 

Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. We'll use 2019-20's Rookie of the Year race as an example: 

As the season progressed, with Ja Morant having been a huge favorite, his odds had a minus (-) sign ahead of the number: 

  • Ja Morant -500

This means that a bettor needs to wager $500 to win $100. Other candidates with worse odds would have a plus (+) sign ahead of the number. Early in the season, before any clear favorite is established, betting options will be listed as such: 

  • Zion Williamson +650

Here, a bettor stands to profit $650 for every $100 wagered. 

If American odds aren't your thing, simply use our odds converter to switch the odds to decimal or fractional format. Most online sportsbooks also give you the option to change the odds format that you see.

NBA Most Improved Player history

Year NBA Most Improved Winner
2021-22 Ja Morant
2020-21 Julius Randle
2019-20 Brandon Ingram
2018-19 Pascal Siakam
2017-18 Victor Oladipo
2016-17 Giannis Antetokounmpo
2015-16 CJ McCollum
2014-15 Jimmy Butler
2013-14 Goran Dragic
2012-13 Paul George
2011-12 Ryan Anderson
2010-11 Kevin Love
2009-10 Aaron Brooks
2008-09 Danny Granger
2007-08 Hedo Turkoglu
2006-07 Monta Ellis
2005-06 Boris Diaw
2004-05 Bobby Simmons
2003-04 Zach Randolph
2002-03 Gilbert Arenas

NBA Most Improved Player odds FAQ

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