The regular-season MVP award doesn’t always mean that much in the context of the actual playoffs, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. It’s the biggest level of individual praise a player can receive in the NBA—but who will win it this year?
A great candidate for the award is the Dallas Mavericks young leader, Luka Dončić. If he can manage to lead his team to one of the top three seeds in the West, voters may be swayed in his favor.
An obvious choice for the award is the Greek Freak, who also happened to win it the last two years. Can Giannis go for a three-peat?
James Harden has averaged over 30 points per game the last three seasons, and he’ll likely extend that streak to this season too. He’s already won the MVP before, but there’s no reason he won’t be able to do it again.
Kawhi is known best for his ability to come through in the postseason, but there’s still no reason a player of his stature has never won an MVP. Depending on how far the Clippers go this season (and how often he suits up), look for voters to maybe give him the nod.
Although LeBron has four MVP trophies in his back pocket, his game is still looking fresher than ever. If he can smoothly transfer the Lakers’ success from last year over to this year, he might be able to snag number five.
Regarded by many to be the best player in the league, Kevin Durant is certainly a candidate to win his second MVP. If he can lead the Brooklyn Nets to the number one seed, he might just do it.