BOSTON (CBS) — If a big payday isn’t enough motivation for Isaiah Thomas, Vegas doesn’t think too highly of his MVP odds in the upcoming season.
Even with Thomas coming off a career year and finishing fifth in MVP voting, the Boston guard has the ninth-best odds (25/1) to finish as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2017-18.READ MORE: More Than 495,000 Lose Power As Nor'easter Hits MassachusettsNor'easter Tosses Boats Ashore, Topples Press Box, Knocks Out Power To All Of Cohasset
The eight players ahead of Thomas are no slouches, including last year’s MVP in Russell Westbrook, who is the favorite to repeat. With Gordon Hayward (who owns 70/1 odds at bringing home the MVP) added to the mix in Boston, and Thomas recovering from a lingering hip issue, there’s a good chance his offensive numbers go down a tick from the 28.9 points per game he averaged last season (good for third in the NBA).MORE NEWS: Roger Goodell's Excuse For Secrecy In Washington Investigation Is Preposterous And Insulting
But for a player who is always looking to add another chip on his shoulder, it’s nice that he’ll have a little extra motivation heading into the new season.