The NBA 6th Man of the Year Odds Are All About a Pair of Clippers
True, superstar players need to be great for their teams to be considered championship contenders. At the same time, the guys that come off the bench have a vital role to play in the process as well.
With that being said, here’s a look at the updated odds for the players in the running for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award based upon how they performed over the past week (Feb. 18 through Feb. 24).
6th Man of the year odds
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Third-Best NBA 6th Man of the Year Odds: Dennis Schroeder (+200) – No Change from Last Week)
One of the reasons why the Oklahoma City Thunder played well during the first half of the season was Dennis Schroeder. Unfortunately, the seven-year point guard came out of the All-Star break with somewhat lowkey performances over the past week. In a home contest against the Denver Nuggets, he tallied 11 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists.
In the next outing against the San Antonio Spurs, Schroeder finished with 13 points (on 4-for-11 shooting) along with six assists and three rebounds. These two outings marked the first time Schroeder scored less than 14 points during the month of February. Despite the recent slump, look for Schroeder to return to form down the stretch.
Second-Best NBA Sixth Man of the Year Odds: Montrezl Harrell (+175 – No Change from Last Week)
Montrezl Harrell went into the midseason break on the heels of a 24-point, 13-rebound performance in a losing effort against the Boston Celtics and he put together another solid week. Against the Sacramento Kings, he finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds along with two assists and two steals. He followed that up with a 22-point outing against the Memphis Grizzlies. This was the second time that Harrell surpassed the 20-point mark this month.
The NBA 6th Man of the Year Odds on Favorite: Lou Williams (+150 – No Change from Last Week)
Lou Williams – who has won the Sixth Man award in each of the last two seasons – continues to hold down the top spot on the list. For the second week in a row, his level of play was somewhat sporadic. Against the Sacramento Kings, he finished 24 points (on 8-for-17 shooting) to go along with four rebounds and two assists. In the Clippers’ 124-97 blowout win over the Grizzlies, Williams finished with a quiet eight points on just seven shot attempts in 22 minutes of action.
Although Williams continues to be the odds-on favorite, very few things in sports can be considered a sure thing. In fact, I will go out a limb by saying that his teammate – Montrezl Harrell – has more than an outside shot at surpassing him considering that the two players are separated by less than a point in terms of scoring production. In other words, look for this race to continue to be the tightest one as the rest of the season plays out.