There are only a handful of NBA teams each season that can realistically win an NBA Championship and the NBA MVP is usually cut down to five or six favorites that remain the entire season. In this sense the NBA future odds may seem pretty cut-and-dry, but there are plenty more NBA future bets worth wagering on, including lesser-known awards’ odds that are updated constantly, which you will find throughout this page.
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NBA Awards Futures
Hall of Famers, Super Teams and top picks dominate the most popular NBA future odds such as NBA Championship Odds, NBA MVP Odds and NBA Rookie of the Year odds. But there are a handful of other NBA future bets and NBA futures lines that are worth wagering on that include some lesser known players that can yield some serious winners.
Defensive Player of the Year: Offense is king in the NBA these days, but ironically that has made this award even more prestigious. In a league of scorers, the best defenders have become more valuable. Versatile big men anchoring the league’s best defenses have a leg up on the competition, though longer, quicker wings are the newest and hottest NBA trend.
Sixth Man of the Year: As the NBA’s talent pool increases, benches become deeper and a more important part of the game. The Sixth Man of the Year award goes to the best reserve, and in years’ past that’s meant a scoring guard who infuses the second unit and can close out games with four other starters.
Most Improved Player: Diamonds in the rough come in all shapes and sizes, and no other NBA futures award is more difficult to pinpoint than this one. Usually the best NBA futures bet for the league’s most improved player is someone who makes an enormous leap in scoring and plays for a winning team.
Coach of the Year: Most team success goes to the players and its failures fall on the head coach. But there’s an NBA futures bet for them, too. Simply winning isn’t enough – otherwise Phil Jackson would have 11 of these trophies. It’s about a team that makes a jump from good to great, or great to elite.
Scoring Champion: No votes needed here. Scoring totals are booming and teams are taking and making more 3-pointers than ever before. That means individual scoring is on the rise, so the battle for the league leader in points per game is one of the toughest yearlong battles in NBA futures bets.
Rebounding Champion: Yes, bigs still have a spot in today’s NBA, especially when it comes to NBA futures on the rebounding champion. Traditional centers don’t have the same impact on the game offensively anymore, but they still hold a valuable asset racking up rebounds to gain or keep possession for their team.
Assists Champion: Usage rates for star players are climbing thanks to players such as James Harden and Russell Westbrook, and in addition to their scoring prowess, ball handlers are also passing at high clips. Pace is up, which means possessions are up, which means more opportunities for assists. High-usage point guards make the best bets here.