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The 2019-2020 NBA season has been an excellent and exciting one so far. In year one of the post-Warriors era, the championship window is wide open, and several teams are making the push for it this year.

Many players all over the league are having great seasons and putting up amazing all-around numbers. The MVP race this year is as tight as it has ever been, and it is poised for a close finish. Here are our latest MVP power rankings:

 

10. Ben Simmons

16.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 8.3 APG, 2.2 SPG

Credit: USATSI

Ben Simmons, although one of the best players in the NBA, is also one of the most controversial. He is averaging a solid stat line this year and has played well to lead the Sixers in the absence of Joel Embiid while he recovers from his hand injury. Simmons is an excellent passer and a polarizing force on the floor.

However, he absolutely must develop a jump shot. The fate of the Sixers title hopes and the future of his tandem with Embiid rides on it. So far this year Simmons has not improved on his shot much, which means there is only one thing any of us can do anymore – Trust The Process.

 

9. Nikola Jokic

20.6 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 6.8 APG, 1.2 SPG

Credit: USA Today

While the Joker is not having his best season this year, he is still the outright best player on a Nuggets squad sitting only behind the Lakers in the Western Conference. Denver is an all-around great team, and Jokic is the engine that keeps them moving.

He is one of the best passing big men and probably amongst the top 3 best centers in the league. If Denver is able to continue dominating and winning games, then Jokic will develop and build his MVP case.

 

8. Damian Lillard

29.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 7.9 APG, 1.0 SPG

(via Blazer’s Edge)

Although Portland is not currently in the Western Conference playoffs, Damian Lillard is having a terrific year.

Over the last 12 games, he is averaging 40.3 points, 9.2 assists with 51.0% FG, 49.3% 3PT and 88.2% FT. He is unstoppable right now.

Lillard is a First-Team All-NBA point guard this season. Portland has been ravaged by injuries all season which has held Lillard back. If they are able to get healthy and sneak into the playoffs, then all that means is one thing: its Dame Time.

 

7. Jimmy Butler

20.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.8 SPG

(via Sports Illustrated)

Jimmy Butler has proved all of his doubters and critics wrong this season. While his numbers are not jumping off the stat sheet, he has ascended to the outspoken leader of the Miami Heat. The Heat are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference, and they are one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season.

Butler has been leading by example all year and has elevated the play of everyone on the Heat’s roster. They are one of the best home teams in the league with 22-3 record. The Heat could be a real threat this season and they can beat everyone in the playoffs.

 

6. Kawhi Leonard

27.1 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.9 SPG

(via Newsweek)

When it matters most, Kawhi is arguably the best player in the entire league. Despite all of the load management and “Battle of LA” drama, Kawhi is putting up admirable numbers with great efficiency. Coming off of his second Finals MVP, he has teamed up with Paul George to form one of the scariest defenses the league has seen.

Kawhi winning the MVP is a long shot due to his load management, all he cares about is being healthy for the playoffs and winning the Finals. And right now, the Clippers are the favorites to do just that.

 

5. Luka Doncic

28.8 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 8.7 APG, 1.0 SPG

Credit: USATSI

Luka magic is the best story in the NBA this season. After winning Rookie of the Year last season, Luka has taken a leap in his growth and is already one of the best players in the league. He is averaging nearly a triple-double for the season and he is only 20 years old. Although he has been dealing with injuries recently, they have not been able to hold back Wonderboy.

Luka and the Mavericks are the 7th in the Western Conference and if Luka keeps developing and learning at the rate that he has so far, the rest of the league is in a world of trouble.

 

4. Anthony Davis

26.5 PPG. 9.2 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.6 BPG, 2.4 SPG

(via Sports Illustrated)

Anthony Davis took a massive gamble last season by requesting a trade from New Orleans [to the Lakers], and it has paid off immensely for him. He is consistently in the national limelight for the first time. Playing alongside new teammate LeBron James has asserted Davis as the best big man in the league and catapulted him into the MVP conversation.

The James-Davis pick and roll is virtually unstoppable. It will be tough for Davis to win the MVP with his teammate ahead of him in the power rankings, but that does not change the fact that Davis is a monster and having an MVP caliber season.

 

3. James Harden

35.3 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 7.3 APG, 1.7 SPG

(via USA Today)

As the current best offensive player in the NBA, James Harden has been mercilessly torching teams all season. Even after the blockbuster Paul/Westbrook swap, Harden has continued to put up video game numbers and has his Rockets right in the championship mix.

He is putting together quite the resume this season by putting up numbers we have not seen since Kobe or Michael. If he is able to eclipse 37 points per game for the season, then he has the opportunity to add another MVP trophy to his name.

 

2. LeBron James

25.0 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 10.8 APG, 1.3 SPG

(via CBS Sports)

LeBron James this season is reminding everyone again why he is The King. In his 17th season, he has decided to become the best point guard in the NBA and is leading the league in assists. He has his Lakers sitting atop a tough Western Conference, and his teammate Anthony Davis is also top 4 in MVP voting.

In the wake of the tragic death of Lakers’ legend Kobe Bryant, LeBron posted on Instagram saying “and it’s my responsibility to put this sh*t on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here!”

James has already had an exceptional season and should be embodying the Mamba Mentality a little extra from here on out.

 

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo

30.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.1 BPG, 1.1 SPG

(via Sports Illustrated)

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best basketball player in the league right now, and also the favorite to win the 2020 NBA MVP. He is following his first MVP campaign with another dominant season, and his improvement from the 3 point line has allowed his team to take that next step in their development.

The Greek Freak is also the most physically dominant player in the league. He has supplemented losing Malcolm Brogdon by stepping his game up and putting Milwaukee on his back. The Bucks are the favorites to win the Eastern Conference this year and have a legitimate shot to win the NBA Championship.

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