The Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala was as far back as 125/1 on the odds to win the NBA Finals MVP award this spring, but he upset the favored Stephen Curry and LeBron James to snag the accolade and provide a healthy payout for some of his supporters.
Back on June 3 Curry was the 5/8 favorite on the odds to win the NBA Finals MVP, with James at 17/10, and Iguodala at 125/1. The Warriors then went on to win the NBA Finals in six games, with Iguodala beating James in the voting for the MVP award.
And according to Kevin Bradley at Sportsbook that resulted in some nice payouts on the NBA props, with the biggest being $3,750 for someone who wagered $50 on Iguodala to win the Finals MVP once he'd improved to 75/1 odds. Another bettor scored $1,250 on a $10 wager on Iguodala on his original 125/1 Finals MVP odds.
Iguodala beat James 7-4 in the final voting for the NBA Finals MVP award. Iguodala averaged 16.3 points per game in the NBA Finals plus 5.8 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists per game. James averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists.
LeBron James has won the NBA Finals MVP award twice in his career, but he heads into the league's championship series behind Stephen Curry on the odds to win the award for a third time at online sportsbook Sportsbook.
Curry is the 5/8 favorite on the odds to win the 2015 NBA Finals MVP award, with his Golden State Warriors also sitting as the -200 favorites on the odds to win the NBA championship at the sportsbook. James is then second at 17/10 odds, with the Cleveland Cavaliers at +170 to win the NBA title.
Following those top favorites on the NBA Finals MVP odds at Sportsbook are the Warriors' Klay Thompson and the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving at 12/1, and the Warriors' Draymond Green at 14/1. Cleveland's J.R. Smith is at 30/1, with the Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson and the Warriors' Harrison Barnes both at 40/1.
James won the NBA Finals MVP award in both 2012 and 2013 as a member of the Miami Heat. The NBA Finals will get underway with Games 1 and 2 in Oakland on June 4 and June 7, with the series then shifting to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 on June 9 and June 11.