The 26th season of the WNBA is only a few weeks old, but so much has already happened.
The Las Vegas Aces are atop the league standings with a 7-1 record, and have the best odds (+200) to win the championship at WynnBET. The Washington Mystics (6-2) and Dallas Wings (5-3) are among the biggest surprises through the early part of the season as well.
As a result, we have seen our trading team adjust the futures markets for the 2022 WNBA season. The biggest movement is in the MVP market, where Aces’ A’ja Wilson is still the favorite, but not much else is the same from the preseason prices.
Updated WNBA MVP Odds
(Odds as of Friday, May 27 at WynnBET’s online sportsbook)
A’ja Wilson +350
Kelsey Plum +600
Jonquel Jones +700
Arike Ogunbowale +800
Sabrina Ionescu +800
Ryne Howard +800
Breanna Stewart +900
Tina Charles +900
Elena Delle Donne +1200
Candace Parker +1500
Chelsea Gray +2500
Kahleah Copper +2500
Liz Cambage +3000
Courtney Vandersloot +4000
Diana Taurasi +5000
Sue Bird +5000
Myisha Hines-Allen +5000
More selections available at WynnBET
Aces Duo With Best Odds
The 2022 WNBA MVP is still the favorite to take back the trophy this summer.
Aj’a Wilson, who opened the year at +300 to win the award, is now listed at +350 at WynnBET as of Friday. She is averaging 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting 54.2% from the floor. Wilson is also recording 2.5 blocks per contest as the primary big on this roster now that Liz Cambage is a member of the Los Angeles Sparks.
Before the season, WynnBET Senior Trader Motoi Pearson predicted that Wilson would benefit from being the lone post on a team with talented guards around her to help space the floor.
“With no Cambage, A'ja can focus on being the key piece of a team where she has already won an MVP,” Pearson said at the time. “Surrounded by some outstanding playmakers, in Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum, Becky Hammon gets the pleasure to put A'ja in a position to score and dominate going forward for a highly-heralded Aces team.”
One of those playmakers is right behind her in MVP odds, however. Kelsey Plum is having her best season yet, averaging 18.1 points and 5.8 assists per outing. She’s shooting 42.6% from the floor, including 37.7% from beyond the arc.
Plum is building off last year, when she was named the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, though she is clearly pleased to be a starter this season.
“F— the bench,” Plum told The Athletic before the season. “I’m so sick of the bench. I’m a starter in this league and I know it; and I think everyone else does.”
Plum opened the year at 25/1 to win the award, but has firmly put herself in the conversation for an Aces team that has been dominant to start the year.
Rookie Rhyne Howard Rises Up Betting Board
Another big mover is rookie Ryne Howard, who has lifted the Atlanta Dream to a 4-3 start.
The top pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft is off to an incredible start to her career. Howard is averaging 17.6 points per game to go along with an average of 2.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds per outing. Howard is shooting 39.6% from the floor so far this season.
Howard produced a 33-point performance in a win over the Indiana Fever on May 15. Candace Parker is the only player to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season when she did so in 2008, but Howard already being in the conversation is quite impressive.
2021: Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun
2020: A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
2019: Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
2018: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
2017: Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
2016: Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks
2015: Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky
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