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NBA Sixth Man of the Year Odds Update Shows Lou Williams as the Clear Favorite

Stuart Easton
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After having won the last two Sixth Man of the Year Awards in a row, Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams faced a new challenge this season with Kawhi Leonard joining the team. So far, though, adding the reigning NBA Finals MVP has not slowed Williams down, as he is still the favorite to win the award, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Currently, Williams sits at +125 to win the award. This is no surprise, as the three-time winner is averaging 22.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists in 31.4 minutes per game. If he continues to post starter-like numbers, there is a good chance he could be taking home his record breaking fourth NBA Sixth Man award.

Strangely enough, if someone was going to beat him, it could be his very own teammate, Montrezl Harrell. Currently given the second-best odds of any player, Harrell sits at +600, posting 20 points per game (PPG) off the bench himself. In many other years his 20.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists would be enough, but this year, it could be too little to overtake the reigning champ.

Rounding out the top three is Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie. He is averaging 14.0 points to go with 4.7 assists off the bench for the 3-4 Nets, good for +900 odds. Certainly respectable, but lagging behind the Clippers' two bench dynamos.

Perhaps something will change over the remainder of the NBA season, but if the playoffs started today, there is little doubt that Lou Williams would be hoisting his fourth Sixth Man of the Year trophy.

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Stuart Easton is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Stuart Easton also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username stueast13. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.