The NBA Sixth Man of the Year race deserves your attention — especially if you like underdogs. The preseason Sixth Man odds are always a mixed bag since we don’t always know who will be starting and coming off the bench for a given team, which can lead to massive value on good bets.
Take Malcolm Brogdon, for example, who won the award last year. He didn’t even become the favorite until mid-February, and the preseason odds leader — Jordan Poole — started in more than half of his games in 2022-23, making him ineligible.
With that in mind, let’s look at the latest NBA Sixth Man of the Year odds and highlight some of the best bets to place right now.
NBA Sixth Man of the Year Odds 2024
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FanDuel Sportsbook provides NBA odds for the 2023-24 NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner, which are current as of Friday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. ET.
- Immanuel Quickley, New York Knicks (+800)
- Malcolm Brogdon, Portland Trail Blazers (+800)
- Norman Powell, Los Angeles Clippers (+1000)
- Derrick White, Boston Celtics (+1200)
- Malik Monk, Sacramento Kings (+1300)
- Bobby Portis, Milwaukee Bucks (+1500)
- Chris Paul, Golden State Warriors (+2000)
- Rui Hachimura, Los Angeles Lakers (+2000)
- Bogdan Bogdanović, Atlanta Hawks (+2200)
All other NBA Sixth Man of the Year candidates have (+3000) odds or longer.
Who Will Win NBA Sixth Man of the Year?
Malik Monk (+1300)
DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 Unit
Malik Monk is coming off a stellar campaign with the Sacramento Kings, averaging 13.5 points, 3.9 assists, and 2.6 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game. There’s hardly a reason to worry about him becoming ineligible to win this award either — he came off the bench in all 77 appearances this past year.
Those numbers alone aren’t 6MOTY-worthy, but Monk’s performance in the 2023 NBA Playoffs leads me to believe he may spend more time on the court this season. The 25-year-old posted 19.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in seven postseason appearances.
Monk’s scoring is paramount for this Kings team, which ranked first in points per game and offensive rating in 2022-23. Sacramento is also undoubtedly set to receive more attention from the jump this year after returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
At (+1300), this value is too good to pass up. Lock in Monk and make this your NBA bet of the day.
NBA Sixth Man of the Year Favorites
Immanuel Quickley (+800)
Immanuel Quickley had a career year in 2022-23 with the New York Knicks, averaging high marks in points (14.9) and rebounds (4.2) per game on 44.8% shooting from the field and 37% from beyond the arc.
The bulk of Quickley’s progress was made after the All-Star break, as he scored 21.0 points per game over the final 22 games of the season. However, he started 11 games, which may have hurt his candidacy.
Quickley can win Sixth Man of the Year this coming season, but as one of the preseason favorites in a relatively unpredictable race, there’s not a great reason to bet on him right now. I also wonder how much room for improvement he has, given that he played nearly 29 minutes per game last season.
Malcolm Brogdon (+800)
DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 0.5 Units
Only three players have won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in back-to-back seasons: Kevin McHale, Detlef Schrempf, and Lou Williams. As the reigning champ, Brogdon would join some pretty elite company if he repeats.
The value isn’t all there at (+800), but Brogdon looks to have an enviable role in Portland. He should be the primary scorer and facilitator off the bench, and he has a familiar big man to target around the rim in Robert Williams III.
Health is the only holdup in Brogdon’s campaign. Players must now appear in at least 65 games to be eligible for end-of-season awards — something the 30-year-old guard has achieved just twice through his first seven seasons.
NBA Sixth Man of the Year Contenders
Norman Powell (+1000)
Despite leading the league in bench points per game, Norman Powell finished a distant fourth in the 6MOTY vote this past season. Powell didn’t chip in much elsewhere — he averaged just 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game — but his 17.0 points were good for No. 1 in the NBA.
The reason I’m fading Powell at (+1000) has nothing to do with his score-first mentality, though. Rather, I’m cautious to bet on him at this stage since his name has come up often in trade rumors.
If the Los Angeles Clippers end up trading for James Harden, Powell could be included in the deal. A role as Philly’s sixth man may be available for him, but the Sixers already have Tyrese Maxey and De’Anthony Melton in the backcourt, which could reduce Powell’s impact.
Derrick White (+1200)
White is an excellent player who proved his worth on the Celtics’ playoff run this past year. The former Spur appeared in all 82 games in his first full season with Boston, averaging 12.4 points, 3.9 assists, and 3.6 rebounds.
The (+1200) odds are a bit confounding, though. White started in 70 games last year, and even following the addition of All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, he’s expected to remain in the starting rotation.
If you’re placing a preseason Sixth Man of the Year bet on a Celtics player, it should be Payton Pritchard (+5500), not White.
NBA Sixth Man of the Year Sleepers
Chris Paul (+2000)
Seeing Chris Paul on this list might be jarring to those of you who were around to enjoy his earlier years with the New Orleans Hornets and Clippers, but at the ripe old age of 38, there exists a world in which CP3 comes off the bench for the Golden State Warriors this season.
I don’t buy it, though. Paul has played over 1,200 games in his 18-year career, and he’s started in every single one of them. Taking on a sixth-man role would be a significant change, and it’s not one that he has seemed particularly receptive to.
- See where the Warriors stand in the latest NBA Western Conference odds.
The fit might appear questionable at first, but Stephen Curry is capable of playing either guard position, and Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green can all slide down a spot to accommodate Paul’s place in the starting lineup.
I just don’t see Paul coming off the bench often enough for him to qualify for this award.
Jonathan Kuminga (+4000)
DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 0.25 Units
Kuminga is ready to make the leap for the Warriors. The 21-year-old looks like he’ll have the chance to be the primary scorer off the bench, and his preseason outings have been encouraging, to say the least.
The third-year forward led the team in scoring in three of Golden State’s first four preseason contests, logging 24, 26, and 28 points, respectively. And while that only means so much, Kuminga is certainly due for an uptick in minutes this season, and he consistently made the most of those opportunities in 2022-23.
At (+4000), this is all about value. If he starts the year off strong, Kuminga could rise to (+1000) by November or December. With that in mind, now is the time to back his campaign.