The odds are against John Wall winning the NBA's Most Valuable Player award. Then again, one forecast ranks the Washington Wizards guard's chances better than most.
Bovada released various 2015-16 regular season award odds on Wednesday, including MVP. At 50-1, Wall is tied for 12th with Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and Klay Thompson. All are behind LeBron James (11-4), Anthony Davis (4-1) and Kevin Durant (11-2).
Those odds for Wall are probably fair considering the who's who of names ahead of him, including Stephen Curry (6/1), James Harden (7/1), Russell Westbrook (12/1) and Chris Paul (16/1). No disrespect to Wall, but all of those stars have longer track record, previously have a Finals appearance on their resume or in the case of Davis, are simply a freak of nature. How the injury prone Derrick Rose (33-1) slots ahead of his fellow point guard is another story. Hey, at least Wall is way, way ahead of Kyrie Irving (80-1) and Damian Lillard (100-1).
The other Wizard on the list? Bradley Beal is 150-1, joining Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Joakim Noah, Victor Oladipo and Andrew Wiggins.
Staying with the awards, 76ers big man Jahlil Okafor and Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay are the 4-1 favorites for Rookie of the Year. Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr., the 15th overall pick, was not among the 14 players listed by Bovada.
As for the individual stat leader odds, Wall is third in assists per game behind Chris Paul, who led the league last year with 10.2 per game. Wall (10.0) was second. So who sits between these two floor generals. Curry? Westbrook? How about Rajon Rondo. Perhaps Vegas just thinks he'll thrive with the Kings or will just do what he wants in Sacramento. I'll go with the latter.
Durant (3-2) is the favorite to lead the league in scoring followed by Harden (9-4), Davis (5-1) and James (13-2). Pistons center Andre Drummond (3-2) projects as the leading rebounder.