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Naismith College Player of the Year Odds

At various points of the college basketball season it seemed like different players were a lock to win the Naismith Player of the Year award. The early part of the season saw everyone universally agree it should be Denzel Valentine of Michigan State, but as the year progressed the consensus changed to Buddy Hield of Oklahoma.

Hield is now the odds-on favorite to win the Naismith with the Bahamian born player being listed at -200 per Bovada. Hield is second in the nation in points per game and has a massive lead in three-point shots made. The senior has been the key to Oklahoma’s offensive machine as Hield has led the team in points in all but six games this season.

Close behind Hield is Valentine who has paced the Big 12 in both points and assists this year. Valentine has one of the most ridiculous stat lines in the nation with the guard averaging 19.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. Valentine is also the main focal point of a team that ranks inside the top 25 in the country in points, rebounds, assists and points allowed.

The only two other players to be listed are Grayson Allen of Duke and freshman phenom Ben Simmons of LSU.   

Naismith College Player of the Year Odds

Odds as of March 3 at Bovada

  • Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) -200
  • Denzel Valentine (Michigan State) +200
  • Grayson Allen (Duke) +700
  • Ben Simmons (LSU) +1000