A quick summary of some of the main futures bets placed prior to the start of the NBA season tonight. Let me know if there’s any glaringly obvious selections I haven’t included – Most Improved Player isn’t included as I can’t find a bookmaker offering a market, but I really fancy either Ingram or Wiggins for it. Enjoy and good luck this season!
I really fancy LeBron James to win the MVP award this season. Despite statistically incredible seasons, James has suffered from voter fatigue over the past few years. This is probably down to him being a four time winner and his superhuman performance become normalised in this era of frequent triple-doubles.
But his daring move away from the East to the more competitive Western Conference – most importantly the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles and the Lakers – mean James now has narrative on his side should his otherworldly play continue. He’s available at 9/2 with Skybet to win Most Valuable Player.
Despite much of the rookie fanfare being directed at the likes of DeAndre Ayton, Luka Doncic and Trae Young, I fancy somewhat of an outsider for the Rookie of the Year award. Jaren Jackson Jr shouldn’t be that man after being drafted fourth overall in June, but he’s available at a massive 20/1 with Paddy Power to pick up the end of season prize.
Jackson Jr is a big man with bags of potential who’s only just turned nineteen. He’s a shot blocker and rebounder, but he’s also able to knock down threes at a decent clip. He impressed during Summer League and should get plenty of playing time with the Grizzlies this season, whilst playing alongside the likes of Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.
I’m afraid there’s two selections for the Sixth Man of the Year award. First up is JJ Redick of the Philadelphia 76ers. Redick has been demoted from the starting unit to allow Fultz to hopefully flourish as a starter in his sophomore campaign. However, Redick has been promised a similar amount of minutes and will no doubt have a big impact off the bench with his shooting and leadership. Expect big numbers from the 34-year-old this season who’s available at 14/1 with Paddy Power for the award. Check out Redick hitting 10/10 shots during a preseason game in China against Dallas below.
The other tip for the Sixth Man is none other than Dwyane Wade. The future hall of famer will be playing his last season with the Heat this year and will playing a vital role as a locker room presence along with scoring from the bench. Wade will no doubt be a useful player for the Heat and at humungous 50/1 with Paddy Power you can’t not stick a fiver on!
My final flutter for the end of season awards is Ty Lue to win Coach of the Year. He’s available at larger than life 150/1 with Paddy Power. Although an unlikely winner under normal circumstances, should Cleveland make the playoffs with James gone Lue will have played a major part in it and 150/1 will look plain silly. Why not back the Cavs to make the playoffs at 5/1 with Skybet in case his coaching isn’t rewarded!
Finally, we’ve all read about the situation in Minnesota with Jimmy Butler’s demand for a trade. Despite not being traded as of yet, I believe it’s only a matter of time before he is. Regardless, I can’t see the Wolves making the playoffs with or without him. The Timberwolves to miss the playoffs is available at 6/5 with Skybet – a lot shorter than the 2/1 when we originally tipped this up.