The back-and-forth melee of a tight NBA game in the fourth quarter is one of the most exhilarating experiences in sports, so the league has instituted a new award for the 2022-23 season called Clutch Player of the Year to recognize the best performer in the league’s most pressure-packed moments.
Since there are a variety of ways to define a “clutch” player, the early years of this award are likely to produce some confusing NBA odds.
Bets on the first Jerry West Trophy winner can still be placed at most sportsbooks (named after Mr. Clutch himself). The odds on the frontrunners for NBA Clutch Player of the Year are as follows.
Predictable victor Clutch Player of the Year in the NBA
De’Aaron Fox (-305)
Most seasoned NBA fans have a hard time wrapping their heads around the idea that the Sacramento Kings are in the “clutch,” but here we are: Third in the West, Sacramento is bracing for a number of playoff pushes from teams lower in the West’s standings.
The Kings’ high-octane offense, with De’Aaron Fox’s nimble feet on the gas pedal, is a major contributor to this.
Recent All-Star scores 7.6 points per game, good enough for 10th in the league, and is the undisputed leader in clutch scoring among players who qualify.
Let’s say he’s responsible for lighting The Beam a few times.
An Analysis of NBA Clutch Player of the Year Odds
You can expect to see the above American odds displayed at most sportsbooks. Let’s look at the rookie of the year voting for 2019-2020 as an illustration:
Ja Morant started the season as a heavy favorite, so the odds for him had a minus (-) sign before the number:
Ja Morant -500
To win $100, a bettor would have to risk $500. A plus (+) sign would precede the number for any other candidate with lower odds.
Zion Williamson +650
For every $100 gambled, a bettor stands to win $650.
Easily convert from American odds to decimal or fractional form with our handy odds converter. You can also adjust the odds display settings at most online sportsbooks, including online NBA betting sites.