NBA Sixth Man of the Year Odds: Westbrook Benching Flips Market on Head

Russell Westbrook is now coming off the bench and has completely flipped the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year odds market as a result. Get the latest update on the odds movement as Russ adjusts to his new role.

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2022 11:59 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
Russell Westbrook NBA Sixth Man of the Year odds
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Russell Westbrook was an NBA MVP in 2017, which is hard to fathom when considering his current predicament as the new Sixth Man of the Year odds leader.

An awful fit in Los Angeles next to LeBron James, Westbrook's (and the Lakers') cataclysmic start to this season earned him the dubious distinction of likely becoming the first member of a "Big 3" to be coming off the pine. 

As such, the NBA odds to award the league's best bench player have been in heavy flux this week, as Westbrook surges up the odds board.

With massive movement in this market, here's a look at the latest odds to win Sixth Man of the Year.

Odds to win NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Player Sixth Man of the Year odds
Russell Westbrook +100
Jordan Poole +300
Bennedict Mathurin +700
Christian Wood +700
Malcolm Brogdon +1,600
Bobby Portis +2,200
Collin Sexton +3,500
Kevin Love +4,000
Bones Hyland +4,000
Malik Beasley +5,000
John Wall +6,000
Norman Powell +6,500
Malik Monk +9,000

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

Favorite to win NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Russell Westbrook (+100)

Punctuating a considerable fall from grace that's made any rational basketball fan question his ability to contribute to a winning franchise, Russell Westbrook is now coming off the bench for the Lakers. 

While trade rumors circle and Westbrook next team odds creep up at sportsbooks, L.A. continues to bleed losses, currently with the West's second-worst record. 

The fact that Russ is now the favorite to take home some hardware might be the only even remotely redeeming thing about the Lakers' season so far. In 11 games off the bench, he's averaging 16.8/5.0/8.6, while his true shooting percentage has skyrocketed from .366 to .548.

Equally precipitous has been his rise up the odds board, from +3,500 a few weeks ago to the current frontrunner, curbing former leader Christian Wood's prospects for contention. 

Jordan Poole (+300)

A vicious training-camp right hook from Draymond Green wasn't exactly the way Jordan Poole had hoped to kick off this season.

After excelling as a starter last year, Poole was handed the bag by Golden State in the offseason, but Klay Thompson's return meant his bench demotion, at least in the short term. 

While we doubt Poole's suffering any long-lasting aftershocks from the Green snuff, he has a fairly awful .506 eFG% so far, scoring just 16.1 ppg — well off last year's pace, but on the uptick. 

It's early, and Poole should continue to regress positively, but Westbrook's pedigree and penchant for stat-stuffing will make him a tough foe in this market.

Understanding NBA Sixth Man of the Year 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.

It's worth noting that, recently, the Sixth Man Award hates big men. Since Antawn Jamison won playing out of position as a small forward on the 2003-04 Dallas Mavericks, only two non-guards (Lamar Odom '11, Montrezl Harrell '20) have claimed the trophy. 

NBA Sixth Man of the Year history

Year NBA 6MOY Winner
2021-22 Tyler Herro
2020-21 Jordan Clarkson
2019-20 Montrezl Harrell
2018-19 Lou Williams
2017-18 Lou Williams
2016-17 Eric Gordon
2015-16 Jamal Crawford
2014-15 Lou Williams
2013-14 Jamal Crawford
2012-13 J.R. Smith
2011-12 James Harden
2010-11 Lamar Odom
2009-10 Jamal Crawford
2008-09 Jason Terry
2007-08 Manu Ginobili
2006-07 Leandro Barbosa
2005-06 Mike Miller
2004-05 Ben Gordon
2003-04 Antawn Jamison
2002-03 Bobby Jackson
2001-02 Corliss Williamson
2000-01 Aaron Mckie

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