The NBA MVP Favorites for This Year

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For over 65 years, the NBA has been presenting the Most Valuable Player award. While at times the award seems straightforward, there have only been a few times that the race has been wide open, as it is for this year. There are several superstars each rightly angling for the award, but the reality is that only one will walk away with it. If you are an NBA fan and fancy your best player’s chances to win it, head over to sites such as comeon.net to see how you can bet for them. Here is a list of the NBA MVP favorites for this season.

Luka Doncic

At 21 years old, Doncic is in line to become the youngest player to win the MVP, a title held by Derrick Rose who won it in 2011 aged 22 years. While he is the overall favorite to bag the award, his chances will be further boosted if his team can manage to finish at the top. Out of the 65 MVP winners in NBA history, 48 of their teams finished top in their conferences. Doncic will also enhance his chances if he can ensure he is firing in all cylinders as other NBA MVP favorites are waiting to pounce on the award.

Giannis Antetokunmpo

Giannis is the defending MVP, having won it twice. He will be looking to make 3 in a row. The last player to have achieved this feat being Larry Bird in the 1980s. Giannis has managed to power the Milwaukee Bucks to two dominant campaigns. However, they have fallen short in the playoffs, which may work against him in the race for a third straight MVP award.

Kevin Durant

Even though he suffered an Achilles injury that kept him out of the game for 500 days, Durant made a comeback with sublime performances. However, what may work against his bid for the MVP is sharing the Brooklyn Nets squad with superstars Kyrie Irving and James Harden.

Nikola Jokic

What makes Jokic one of the NBA MVP favorites is that he tops the chart in player efficiency rating (PER). The last 8 in the past 9 seasons have ended the season with that statistic. However, what may work against him is that his Denver Nuggets team is mid-table and has to start winning games regularly to stay out of trouble.

LeBron James

With the Los Angeles Lakers in such flying form and as the defending champion, their star player has a huge claim to the MVP award. The MVP has been the stable of winners, and voters will remember LeBron’s role in the bubble. He has not won the MVP since he was with the Miami Heat, and if he manages to win it this time, he will become the oldest at 36.

Stephen Curry

Curry has at times carried his Golden State Warriors on his own. He has an incredible scoring ability that puts him into contention for the MVP. However, his team need to help him out by winning games.

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