The 2022-23 NBA season is right around the corner, which means there isn’t much time left to get in your futures bets for the new year. When it comes to the NBA MVP odds, there’s a clear top tier with Luka Doncic (+450), Giannis Antetokounmpo (+700), and Joel Embiid (+700) at the top of the board.
But I’m looking further down the list for my longshot MVP bet.
So, let’s go through the current NBA MVP odds and check out the 60/1 longshot I’m targeting to win the award.
2023 NBA MVP odds
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Why you need to target Anthony Edwards at 60/1 to win NBA MVP
The NBA MVP award has been a big-name honor for decades. Superstars such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry have owned the MVP race in recent years, and it’s rare to see a longshot overcome the odds and tackle the future Hall of Famers to steal the award.
But I think Anthony Edwards will enter the future Hall of Famer conversation sooner than later, and he can do just that by winning the MVP in his third season as a pro.
Edwards greatly improved from Year 1 to Year 2. He played nearly the same number of minutes in 2021 as he did in 2020, yet he improved in virtually every statistical category. Most impressively, Edwards has gone from a liability as a shooter to an above-average three-point sniper in a few short years.
The three-point shot was every team’s biggest worry about Edwards entering the league. The Georgia product made just 29.4% of his attempts in college, but he shot 35.7% last season in 8.4 attempts per game. We already knew Edwards was a deadly scorer off the dribble and in transition, but if he can improve his jumper even more in Year 3, he’ll become one of the most lethal all-around scorers in the NBA.
In Minnesota’s first preseason game this week, Edwards poured in 24 points in just 22 minutes of action. He also looked like an improved playmaker and passer willing to get his teammates involved.
With Rudy Gobert now in town, the Timberwolves have enough talent to vie for a top-four seed in the Western Conference. If they do, and if Edwards explodes statistically as I expect him to this season, this 60/1 MVP price is going to look mighty valuable by next spring.
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