With the second half of the 2020-21 N(BA) regular season already underway, it is a great time to look at where the Most Improved Player award odds stand heading into April. Before the N(BA) All-Star break earlier this month, Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant and Houston Rockets forward Christian Wood were the leading candidates for the award.
However, Grant’s team is one of the worst in the N(BA), while Wood has missed sometime due to injury and the Rockets are pretty bad too. That being said, New York Knicks forward Julius Randle has crashed the MIP award race party and is a viable candidate to come away with it. We’ll break down who is currently in the lead for the award, along with the top-three candidates. All odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Knicks big man Julius Randle is the leader in clubhouse to win the MIP award at -143 odds with two months left in the regular season. Randle has been one of the best players in the East and was well-deserving of being named to the N(BA) All-Star team.
This season, the former first-round pick is having a renaissance under new Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau. Randle is averaging 23.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. He’s also shooting 46.8% from the field and 41.9% from three-point range, which are both career-highs. In 46 games played, Randle has produced 28 double-doubles and three triple-doubles, which is pretty good.
Randle will likely end up winning the award, especially if the Knicks can get into the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 seasons. Grant has the second-best odds at +130, while Wood’s odds have fallen to +1600, with Zion Williamson entering the conversation at +1600.
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