- Russell Westbrook has +100 odds to win the NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
- Westbrook was moved to the bench after the first five games of the season.
- Russ is averaging 14.5 ppg and 7.6 apg.
LOS ANGELES – Although the Los Angeles Lakers struggles will continue to hold them back, one thing that has worked out great for them has been the decision to move Russell Westbrook to the bench serving as the team’s sixth man.
With Westbrook now coming off the bench for most of the season, online sportsbooks have him at the top of their odds boards to win the Sixth Man of the Year award and far ahead of the rest of the pool.
2022-23 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Odds
- Russell Westbrook (LAL) +100
- Jordan Poole (GSW) +300
- Malcolm Brogdon (BOS) +400
- Bennedict Mathurin (IND) +900
- Christian Wood (DAL) +1000
- Malik Monk (SAC) +1500
Brodie Thriving Off The Bench
Proving that Westbrook coming off the bench has been a solid move for the Lakers, in the 26 games they’ve played since, they’ve gone 13-13 which might not look great at first glance, however, the Lakers started off 0-5 on the season before making the switch.
In his new role this season, Westbrook is thriving in his role averaging 14.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, and 7.6 apg. His assist numbers are the seventh most in the league. He has also recorded two triple-doubles coming off the bench this season joining Magic Johnson as the only other Lakers player to record a triple-double off the bench.
As for how his NBA odds have held up, they’ve been in the shortest position since they first opened in early November 2022. They first opened at +150 then shifted down to +140 after the first quarter of the season finished and have seen their way down each week since then until getting to where they are now.
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Some names to keep in mind that could sneak into the conversation include both Jordan Poole and Christian Wood. Poole is averaging near 20 ppg this season and has picked up emphatically in December going for 25.4 ppg. Poole though could fall out of the race being that Stephen Curry has been dealing with an injury resulting in Poole starting. In order for him to be eligible to win, he must come off the bench in more games than he starts.
Wood has been great off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks giving them a strong advantage in rebounds off the bench against other second units. Even with his new bench role this season, he is putting up similar numbers to what he did last year as a starter in Houston with 17.2 ppg and 8.1 rpg which should not go unnoticed.
Russell Westbrook to win Sixth Man Of The Year
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