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Tuesday / October 22.
  • Russell Westbrook Favored to Win NBA MVP, Buddy Hield to Win Rookie of the Year

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    Russell Westbrook may have lost his running buddy Kevin Durant, but oddsmakers figure he will have a monster year now as a result.

    Westbrook is the favorite to win NBA MVP honors at 2/1 ahead of Steph Curry (9/2) and LeBron James (9/2), according to Bovada.lv.

    On the NBA GM survey, James leads the MVP voting at 46.7 percent to Curry’s 23.3 percent.

    Meantime, former Oklahoma star Buddy Hield of New Orleans faces odds of 7/2 to win Rookie of the Year honors, while former Providence star Kris Dunn of Minnesota is at 4/1.

    On the GM survey, Dunn leads at 46.7 percent compared to 13.3 percent for both Dunn and Ben Simmons of Philadelphia.

    Dunn and Hield both spent four years on campus, while Simmons was a one-and-done at LSU. Simmons, of course, is out approximately eight weeks with a foot injury.

     

    Awards Odds

    Who will win the 2016 – 2017 NBA MVP (Players in red have longer odds, players in blue have shorter odds, and players in black stayed the same)

    Opening Odds (8/4/16)              8/15/16             Current Odds (10/18/16)

    Russell Westbrook                    4/1                                            2/1                    2/1

    Stephen Curry                           15/4                                          4/1                    9/2

    LeBron James                           15/4                                          5/1                    9/2

    Anthony Davis                          14/1                                          16/1                  10/1

    Kevin Durant                             8/1                                            12/1                  10/1

    James Harden                           16/1                                          16/1                  10/1

    Kawhi Leonard                          16/1                                          16/1                  10/1

    Paul George                              22/1                                          22/1                  22/1

    Carmelo Anthony                       33/1                                          33/1                  33/1

    Blake Griffin                              22/1                                          22/1                  33/1

    Kyrie Irving                                33/1                                          33/1                  33/1

    Damien Lillard                           28/1                                          28/1                  33/1

    Chris Paul                                 33/1                                          33/1                  33/1

    Karl Anthony Towns                   50/1                                          50/1                  33/1

     

    2017 NBA Rookie of the Year – Odds to Win (Players in red have longer odds, players in blue have shorter odds, and players in black stayed the same)

    Opening Odds (6/27/16)            Current Odds (10/18/16)

    Buddy Hield (NO)                      11/2                                          7/2

    Kris Dunn (MIN)                         15/2                                          4/1

    Joel Embiid (PHI)                      14/1                                          5/1

    Ben Simmons (PHI)                   13/4                                          5/1

    Brandon Ingram (LAL)                13/2                                          11/2

    Dario Saric (PHI)                       Off the Board                            16/1

    Thon Maker (MIL)                       16/1                                          20/1

    Jamal Murray (DEN)                  12/1                                          20/1

    Denzel Valentine (CHI)               12/1                                          20/1

    Wade Baldwin (MEM)                16/1                                          28/1

    Marquese Chriss (PHO)             16/1                                          28/1

    Jaylen Brown (BOS)                  20/1                                          30/1

    Dragan Bender (PHO)                20/1                                          35/1

    Caris LeVert (BKN)                    20/1                                          35/1

    Domantas Sabonis (OKC)          28/1                                          35/1

    Jakob Poeltl (TOR)                    25/1                                          40/1

    Taurean Prince (ATL)                  16/1                                          40/1

    Malachi Richardson                   20/1                                          40/1

    Kay Felder (CLE)                       Off the Board                            50/1

    Brice Johnson (LAC)                  20/1                                          50/1

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.