2019 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Odds Tracker
- The Naismith Player of the Year Award is college basketball’s biggest individual trophy
- Upperclassmen dominate the history of the award, even in the one-and-done era
- See how the odds have changed for all the 2018-19 POY favorites
Every season, online sportsbooks routinely post odds on who will win the Naismith Player of the Year as the country’s top college basketball player. Here, we track the odds across all major sportsbooks and then distill them into one average moneyline for each player. The graphs below tell the story of the season on a player level, showing who was hot out of the gate, who came on mid-season, and who finished strong. They also help bettors identify the favorites and figure out where value might lie on a longshot.
2019 Naismith Top Contenders
Odds On Zion Williamson Winning the Naismith Award
|Will Zion Williamson Win the Naismith Award in 2019?||Odds at Bovada|
*Odds taken on 03/01/19
The 2019 Naismith Award race has turned into a case of Zion Williamson and “everybody else.” The freshman phenom has seen his opening odds of +450 get progressively shorter, peaking at -700 on February 15th before suffering a mild knee sprain in a game against North Carolina.
Naismith Winners by Class
Williamson will be in rare company if he wins the 2019 Naismith Award. Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis are the only other players to receive the honor during their freshman season.
Naismith Winners by Position
Four of the first six Naismith Award recipients were centers, but that trend has changed in recent years as more schools have adopted small ball lineups. The last center to win the honor was Tim Duncan, who won by a landslide in 1997 during his senior season at Wake Forest.
Past Naismith Award Winners
|Jalen Brunson (G, Villanova)||Junior||2018|
|Frank Mason III (G, Kansas)||Senior||2017|
|Buddy Hield (G, Oklahoma)||Senior||2016|
|Frank Kaminsky (F, Wisconsin)||Senior||2015|
|Doug McDermott (F, Creighton)||Senior||2014|
|Trey Burke (G, Michigan)||Sophomore||2013|
|Anthony Davis (F, Kentucky)||Freshman||2012|
|Jimmer Fredette (G, BYU)||Senior||2011|
|Evan Turner (G, Ohio State)||Junior||2010|
|Blake Griffin (F, Oklahoma)||Sophomore||2009|
|Tyler Hansbrough (F, UNC)||Junior||2008|
|Kevin Durant (F, Texas)||Freshman||2007|
|JJ Redick (G, Duke)||Senior||2006|
|Andrew Bogut (F, Utah)||Sophomore||2005|
|Jameer Nelson (G, St. Joseph’s)||Senior||2004|
|TJ Ford (G, Texas)||Sophomore||2003|
|Jason Williams (G, Duke)||Junior||2002|
|Shane Battier (F, Duke)||Senior||2001|
|Kenyon Martin (F, Cincinnati)||Senior||2000|
Villanova junior Jalen Brunson won the 2018 Naismith Award after averaging 19 points and 4.8 assists per game while leading the Wildcats to a 27-4 regular season record.
Schools with the Most Naismith Winners
Mike Krzyzewski deserves plenty of credit for recruiting – and developing – talent. He coached all seven of Duke’s Naismith winners and helped shape the careers of more than a dozen Naismith semifinalists. His recent history of turning his talented puzzle pieces into more than a sum of their parts is rather shoddy, however.