NBA Odds: 38% Of Bets Placed On Jerami Grant To Win Most Improved Player

Pistons star a deserved favorite for Most Improved Player judging by bettors wagers
Kyle Newman
Thu, March 4, 5:17 AM EST

There have been a huge number of bets on bookies favorite Jerami Grant to win the NBA's Most Improved Player award.

When the Detroit Pistons signed Jerami Grant to a three-year $60 million contract this offseason there was a bit of confusion. Grant had established himself as a good role player with the Denver Nuggets, but he had never succeeded as a starting-caliber player. When given the chance with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018-2019, Grant averaged just 13.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1 assist per game.

Grant has shut up all his doubters with his play this year. He’s averaging 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game, all career highs. From a sheer scoring volume sense, no player in the NBA has improved as much as Grant. He’s averaging nearly 10 points more per game than any other season in his career. That’s made Grant the favorite to win Most Improved Player at -150. Bettors have also followed suit, as 38% have bets on MIP over the last month have been placed on Grant.

The love for Grant comes despite shooting 43.3% from the field and 36.3% from the three. His field goal percentage is the worst it’s been since the 2015-2016 season, and his three-point percentage is the worst it’s been since 2017-2018.

It’s hard to see how he competes with a player like Julius Randle, +700, a first-time all-star who improved just about every single part of his game this year. Still, there’s no denying that Grant has improved considerably as an overall scorer this year on the stat sheet, and nobody has improved as a scorer like Grant has. Maybe that’s enough.

NBA Most Improved Player Odds

Player Name

Odds

Jerami Grant

-150

Christian Wood

+600

Julius Randle

+700

Jaylen Brown

+1200

Zach Lavine

+3000

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