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Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates as we take a look at the latest NBA Most Improved Player odds following the All-Star break.
Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates his three point shot in the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 19, 2023 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 121-99. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images via AFP.

Tyrese Maxey has emerged as the clear favorite to win the 2024 NBA Most Improved Player Award, according to the latest NBA odds from our top NBA betting sites.

When the Philadelphia 76ers traded James Harden in late October, it seemed like Tyrese Maxey was the clear beneficiary. He's taken full advantage of that and is dealing as the clear favorite to win the 2024 NBA Most Improved Player award.

The fourth-year guard earned his first All-Star appearance in February and is the obvious front-runner by our best sports betting sites to win this award, which typically favors guards of Maxey's mold.

Even so, Chicago Bulls guard Coby White remains in the race as the NBA season approaches its end. He's the only other player dealing at odds shorter than +8000 and has an outside shot of winning.

Here's our look at the 2024 NBA Most Improved Player odds and our top NBA picks among the favorites, contenders, and long shots.

NBA Most Improved Player odds 2024

(Odds updated March 29)

PlayerDraftKingsFanDuelBetMGMCaesarsbet365
Tyrese Maxey-300 -280 -278 🔥-350 ❄️-300
Coby White+220+185+200   +175 ❄️+220 
Jalen Williams+8000 ❄️+13000 🔥+12500+10000 +12500
Jonathan Kuminga+10000 ❄️+13000 +12500 +15000 🔥+12500

NBA Most Improved Player 2024 favorite

Tyrese Maxey (-278 via BetMGM)

Maxey has been the favorite for months and hasn't been catching plus-money since December. At this point, with two weeks left in the season, it appears he's all but won the race for NBA Most Improved Player. The Kentucky product is 12th in the NBA in points per game (25.8) and averaging over five more per game this season than last.

After earning his first All-Star nod, the 76ers guard has become a household name across the NBA and has helped keep Philly afloat in the Eastern Conference without Joel Embiid. The 76ers are a near lock for a shot at the playoffs by the NBA Play-In Tournament odds, and that's thanks to Maxey.

The 23-year-old is second on the team in scoring, behind just Embiid, and leads Philly in assists (6.1) and 3-pointers made per game (3.0). It doesn't look like he'll be slowing down any time soon either - he's had at least 24 points in seven of his last eight games.

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NBA Most Improved Player odds 2024: Contender

Coby White (+220 via bet365)

Just before the NBA All-Star break, Coby White had a stretch that vaulted him up the oddsboard and he's remained just behind Maxey ever since. 

The loss of Zach LaVine for the season opened the door for a bigger role with the Chicago Bulls for White, and he's taken advantage of the opportunity. The former first-round pick is averaging 19.3 points (nearly 10 more per game than last year) and is second on the team in assists (5.2). 

The fifth-year guard has a compelling case for the award, though it still feels like he'll need an extra gear to overtake Maxey.

NBA Most Improved Player odds movement

We've seen Maxey dealing as the favorite by our top NBA betting sites for just about the entire season, and he saw odds as short as -400 last month as he seized the alpha role for the 76ers amid the latest injury to last year's MVP winner.

Yet, this race has tightened ahead of the final two weeks of the season, with Coby White closing in on Philly's breakout star. At this point, White is the only threat to Maxey for the award, and even then it seems unlikely. 

Recent NBA Most Improved Player winners

YearPlayerTeam
2023Lauri MarkkanenUtah Jazz
2022Ja MorantMemphis Grizzlies
2021Julius RandleNew York Knicks
2020Brandon IngramNew Orleans Pelicans
2019Pascal SiakamToronto Raptors
2018Victor OladipoIndiana Pacers

Most Improved Player FAQs

Who is the NBA Most Improved Player favorite?

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey is the consensus betting favorite (-278) to win the 2024 NBA Most Improved Player Award. Those odds imply a 73.55% probability he'll win the award, according to our odds calculator

Who won NBA Most Improved Player last year?

Lauri Markkanen of the Utah Jazz won the Most Improved Player award following the 2022-23 NBA season.

When will NBA Most Improved Player be decided?

Like all the award races, the NBA Most Improved Player award will be decided after the conclusion of the 2023-24 NBA regular season. 

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