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Once again, the power rankings for the latest MVP race will be revealed. We have seen plenty of the NBA’s top stars perform in big games, and give their teams plenty of chances to win over a multiple-game period. These guys are simply the best at what they do and are standing out as the best players on their teams.

While many of the names are recognizable, we might have a new face as the strong contender for the MVP Award this season if he keeps up his tremendous production. Without further ado, here are the latest MVP Power Rankings.

 

10. Kemba Walker

21.6 PPG, 5.0 APG, 4.7 RPG

(via The Boston Globe)

Kemba has been the best player for a top-seeded Celtics team all year long. His scoring and leadership has been a breath of fresh air for Boston, who are just playing together and much better without Kyrie Irving. As great as Irving is, Walker fits their scheme better and seems to play within a system and get along with teammates better.

Walker is averaging almost 22 points per game for one of the best teams in the East. He has been pretty consistent from the field, and albeit a scary injury that happened last week, looks to be the main man leading this team into the playoffs.

 

9. Jimmy Butler

18.8 PPG, 6.3 APG, 5.5 RPG, 2.5 SPG

Butler has been a revolution for the Miami Heat, who have found their leader and poster boy for hard work and dedication. Butler is an example of a player who should not be where he is, but got there through determination and desire to be one of the best players in the league.

His production has been superb, with his value mostly coming on the defensive end. Butler is proving to be a stronghold for the defensive end on the perimeter and is settling in perfectly with the Miami Heat. As good as the young players and head coach Eric Spoelstra has been, Butler has been their main man.

 

8. Kawhi Leonard

25.9 PPG, 5.3 APG, 7.8 RPG, 1.9 SPG

(via Yahoo! Sports)

Leonard is still arguably a top-three player in the league and is incredibly efficient. His ability to lock down opponents and then control the pace of the game on offense is something we haven’t seen since Michael Jordan. Leonard is truly one of the best ever at his position and should be an MVP candidate every year.

But load management always brings him down a notch, and he is very unlikely to win the MVP this year. He will be on the rankings every week since his leadership and dominance on both ends is simply so great.

 

7. Karl-Anthony Towns

25.9 PPG, 4.1 APG, 12.5 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 1.4 BPG

(via Sportsnaut)

KAT has finally become the star player we all know he could be, by setting his mind right and maturing this season. He has been dominant, averaging a double-double while being the main option for a much-improved Wolves team. KAT can be one of the greats, and he just needs to continue his upward path of production before he gets there.

KAT is putting up big numbers for a team that is finally over .500, thanks to his efficiency from the field. He is shooting 50-40-80 from the field as a big man, something that is very impressive. If he keeps it up, he could climb higher on the rankings.

 

6. Pascal Siakam

25.6 PPG. 4.0 APG, 8.4 RPG

(via Bleacher Report)

Siakam has continued his improvement as a player and has become an absolute star. Teams have now begun planning on the best way to stop him and keep his production limited all night long. He has simply been the star man for the Toronto Raptors who are sitting at 15-4. The Raptors have been terrific, and Siakam has been the main example why.

The championship run by the Raptors seems to have helped Siakam’s development, as he has been a much better player than last year on both ends of the floor. Siakam is shooting 47% from the floor and almost 40% from deep. His improvement is an example of hard work and passion for the game.

 

5. Anthony Davis

26.1 PPG, 3.4 APG, 9.3 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 2.8 BPG

(via USATODAY.com)

AD is back to his usual best and is putting up big numbers on both sides of the floor. He has been a beast on the scoring charts and has played both ends tremendously well including some game-winning blocks. AD has made the Lakers relevant again, which is always good news for the NBA and fans worldwide.

Davis is shooting nicely from the field, 48%, and very well from the stripe by knocking down 87% of his free throws. AD is one of the best all-around bigs we have seen in a while, and he would be a top-four candidate for this award if not for his great teammate.

 

4. LeBron James

25.7 PPG, 10.9 APG, 7.2 RPG, 1.5 SPG

(via Bleacher Report)

LeBron James has put all the haters to rest once again and has returned with a vengeance. He is playing extremely active on the defensive end and has spearheaded that side of the floor for the Lakers. James has also led the team with his playmaking and is showing the world why he is regarded as one of the best passers of the ball we have ever seen.

James has the Lakers firmly on top of the Western Conference and might be the best player for the best team in the West. He would be number one, but a poor performance by him and the Lakers vs Luka Doncic and the Mavs brings him down a bit.

 

3. Luka Doncic

30.6 PPG, 9.6 APG, 9.9 RPG, 1.5 SPG

(via Sports Illustrated)

Doncic has been superb, and is playing at a level we haven’t seen in a very long time from such a young player. Doncic is putting up staggering numbers, but his leadership and clutch shooting has been a massive shock to the NBA world. Doncic is undoubtedly one of the top three MVP candidates in the game and has a very strong case for number one so far this season.

Quite simply, without Doncic, the Mavs would be in the lottery. He is facing constant double-teams since the entire defense is set to prevent him from scoring. He has done a masterful job of finding open shooters and his overall game has been amazing. He will be the first of two international players in the top three rankings this time around.

 

2. James Harden

38.9 PPG, 7.8 APG, 5.9 RPG, 1.7 SPG

Credit: Getty Images

Harden is the most unstoppable offensive player in the league. Every year, he seems to find ways to improve his game and score more points as easily as he can. Harden, through a mix of threes, layups, and free-throws, put up 60 points in 30 minutes a few nights ago. He has mastered the art of analytics-based play, and simply cannot be stopped.

The only knock against him has been his poor shooting percentage (under 45% FG and 35% from three) which is a result of a very high usage rate. Still, he might be the MVP favorite if not for one man.

 

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo

30.8 PPG, 5.8 APG, 13.4 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 1.3 BPG

Reigning MVP The Greek Freak is once again the first candidate for the MVP Award. He has been the best player for the best team in the East, by literally carrying them on his shoulders. Everything runs through Giannis, and he is simply the most valuable player for his team so far this season.

While James Harden once again puts up a strong fight in that regard, Giannis has his team firmly in the one-seed while the Rockets have had a few hiccups here and there. Even though it is still around a quarter way through the season, Giannis is making a strong case for the MVP Award thanks to his solid numbers and leadership on the court.

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