Let's Set Odds: Who is the 2022 WNBA MVP?

May 29, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) dribbles the ball
May 29, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) dribbles the ball / Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports

With just over three weeks left until the WNBA playoff start, the MVP race is heating up. You have your usual suspects in Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm and A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, but after that it gets tricky. 

Kelsey Plum, who’s increased her scoring to over 20 points per game, is in the mix and has a good case to round out the top three. After her, there’s several players that deserve some MVP love and maybe even some dark horse bets to win the award. 

Several sportsbooks have taken down odds to win WNBA MVP, so BetSided is stepping in to save the day. Let’s set odds for the WNBA MVP. 

Odds To Win WNBA MVP

  • A’ja Wilson: +100
  • Breanna Stewart: +150
  • Kelsey Plum: +600
  • Sabrina Ionescu: +1600
  • Jonquel Jones: +1600
  • Arike Ogunbowale: +1800
  • Candace Parker: +3000
  • Skylar Diggins-Smith: +5000
  • Elena Delle Donne: +5000

A’ja Wilson (+120) & Breanna Stewart (+150) are the Favorites

Just a week ago, I was advocating for Breanna Stewart to win MVP. She’s leading the league in scoring, is having one of her most efficient seasons yet and the Storm were winning. However, back-to-back losses by Seattle moves her behind Wilson. The Aces have snapped out of their slump, so Wilson gets to go back to the top of the odds standings. With Las Vegas just a game out of first place, Wilson could easily end the season as the best player on the best team and grab her second MVP trophy. 

WNBA MVP Dark Horses

At this stage in the season, even the dark horses are going to have extreme odds to win the award. However, I’m looking at Kelsey Plum as the best dark horse option. She’s also in the 20 points per game club and will have the same team success as Wilson. If something crazy were to happen to Wilson and derail her case, Plum would be next in line. 

Longshots to Consider for WNBA MVP

Even though it’s highly unlikely, there’s two players I’m going to back as longshots. The first player is Sabrina Ionescu. She’s having just the bounce-back season I thought she’d have. She’s averaging a career high in rebounds and assists while also averaging a career low in turnovers. The Liberty have started to fall off from their solid stretch in the middle of the season, which has hurt Ionescu’s chances. Yet, if we’re looking at just individual performance, then she has to be in the mix. 

Secondly, Skylar Diggins-Smth is a name to consider as a longshot. The Mercury have had a tumultuous season, but Diggins-Smith has been great this year. She’s averaging 20 points per game and is one of the main reasons the Mercury are even in the playoff hunt. If Diggins-Smith can lead the Mercury to a miraculous finish, expect some votes to go her way.

You can find Donnavan Smoot’s full betting record here.