Despite a shortened season due to injury, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s third season pushed him into stardom. His fourth, could propel him even further. Across several betting outlets online, Gilgeous-Alexander is an early favorite to win the NBA’s 2021-22 Most Improved Player award. VegasInsider.com and Action Network both have the Thunder guard tied for the best odds to win at +700 with New Orleans’ Zion Williamson. SportsBettingDime has Gilgeous-Alexander with the second best odds at +700 behind just Michael Porter Jr.
He averaged a triple-double for the fourth time, helped lead the Wizards to the playoffs and broke the NBA’s all-time triple-double record. Oscar Robertson, the man whose record he broke, believes Westbrook should’ve gotten MVP buzz last season as well. “I look at Westbrook, and he got triple-doubles this year and no one even noticed it, they didn’t think it was such a big deal,” Robertson said on The Knuckleheads podcast. “I think that’s totally unfair. I think he should have won [MVP] again. If he [averaged] a triple-double again, and he didn’t win [MVP], so why keep stats then?”