The NBA season returned today, and we’re preparing for it with NBA futures bets for the entire Western Conference and Eastern Conference for the 2023-24 NBA season. We will also dive deep on NBA Awards including NBA MVP, NBA Defensive Player of the Year, NBA Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and NBA Coach of the Year.    

Let’s get into some NBA Most Improved odds as we make our picks for the winner. 

NBA Most Improved Player Odds 2023-24

Mikal Bridges (Nets): +700
Tyrese Maxey (Sixers) +1000
Cade Cunningham (Pistons) +1200
Scottie Barnes (Raptors): +1300
Austin Reaves (Lakers) +1400
Jordan Poole (Wizards) +1400

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Who won NBA Most Improved Player 2022-23?

Lauri Markkanen of the Utah Jazz, who was +8000 in the preseason, won this award after averaging 25.6 points -- 8.8 more than he scored the previous season in Cleveland.

Favorites to win 2023-24 NBA Most Improved Player

Mikal Bridges (+700)

He showed himself to be a prolific scorer when he came over from Phoenix in the Kevin Durant trade, and he will be offensive option No. 1 in Brooklyn.

Tyrese Maxey: (+1000)

With James Harden eventually on his way out of Philadelphia, someone gets to take his 20 to 25 shots per game. Maxey is very speedy and very talented.

Cade Cunningham (+1200)

The No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft was injured for most of last season. He will need to average at least 22 points per game to win this award, it says here.

Scottie Barnes: (+1300)

It is a mystery why this guy is in the top five in terms of shortest odds.

Austin Reaves: (+1400)

A defensive liability, he will get squeezed out of the rotation by the Lakers’ new additions.

Jordan Poole: (+1400)

With Bradley Beal gone, someone has to make up for his scoring, and Poole has always been a gunner. How much can he improve his 20.4 ppg average from last season?

2023-24 NBA Most Improved Player Predictions and Pick

This is our favorite preseason category because the odds are so enticing and because the sportsbooks usually miss someone obvious, which is what happened last year with Lauri Markkanen after he played very well for Finland at Eurobasket. Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun has a chance to lead the NBA in rebounding.

The Pick: Alperen Sengun (+1800)

NBA Most Improved Player History

Voters sometimes give this award to a player from a team that they want to reward for exceeding expectations, which is what happened in 2020-21 when Julius Randle of the Knicks got it over the more deserving Michael Porter Jr of Denver. When a player has a year like Lauri Markkanen had last season it becomes a no-brainer.

Here are the last 10 winners of NBA MIP history:

2023: Markkanen
2022: Ja Morant
2021: Randle
2020: Brandon Ingram
2019: Pascal Siakam
2018: Viktor Oladipo
2017: Antetokounmpo
2016: C.J. McCollum
2015: Jimmy Butler
2014: Goran Dragic

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