During a season in which nobody has firmly established themselves as the best player in America, there are a number of players that could win the Naismith Men’s Player of the Year.
So where do we look for a chance at a big cash? As the stalwart behind one of the best defenses in the country, Trayce Jackson-Davis represents great value at +2000 at WynnBET.
Trayce Jackson-Davis Naismith Award Odds
After a stellar 2020-21 season, Jackson-Davis has maintained his offensive workload and efficiency while reaching new levels defensively. He’s averaging 18.7 points, 8.6 rebounds,1.7 assists, 2.8 blocks and 0.6 steals per game on 60.9% shooting. He’s even better at home, where his 3.1 blocks per game have helped Indiana smother opponents to the tune of a lovely 12-0 record.
He’s peaking right in the midst of conference play, too. Before foul trouble and a nagging injury limited him to 11 minutes in a win against Purdue, Jackson-Davis recorded 4 consecutive double-doubles. His defensive prowess is best felt inside, where Indiana has the 5th-best 2-point defense in the country, per Bart Torvik.
His strength prevents opposing big men from bodying him down low, and his quickness and expanding offensive repertoire allows him to score with ease.
Of the players with shorter or the same odds to win the Naismith, Johnny Davis (+500), Kofi Cockburn (+800), E.J. Liddell (+1000), Jaden Ivey (+1600), Hunter Dickinson (+2000), Keegan Murray (+2000) and Trevion Williams (+2000) all play in the Big Ten, so Jackson-Davis will have ample opportunity to make his case throughout conference play.
Currently 5-3 in the conference, if Indiana can win the Big Ten and Jackson-Davis continues his ascension, his +2000 price tag will dwindle. He’ll have beaten several players above him and voters will have no choice but to consider Indiana’s star big man for the award.
With marquee conference matchups looming, I’m taking a stab on Trayce Jackson-Davis at +2000 to win the Naismith Men’s Player of the Year Award as his two-way play shines for the Hoosiers.
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