The MVP award is one of the highest honors any player can ever receive. So, even if they strike out of the NBA Championship, at least the league is recognizing their efforts, value and overall impact.
Naturally, all of those players would change an MVP for a Championship without the slightest hesitation, but it’s still a huge honor to be considered the league’s best player throughout a full season.
Considering how much talent this league features and how competitive it has become over the last couple of seasons, winning the MVP quite a difficult accolade to achieve. Today, we’re going to let you know about our top 10 MVP candidates of the moment.
10. Nikola Jokic
The Serbian big man keeps on proving that he’s going to be dominating this league for quite some time, as one of the most talented offensive players in the league with his ability to run the point and pull up from all three levels.
His defense may still be a work in progress, but he has all the tools to become at least an average stopper. His offensive impact has been huge, and he’s determined to end the
Nuggets’ playoff drought, averaging 17.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 triples per game.
9. Kyle Lowry
The Toronto Raptors have not one, but two different MVP candidates, one of them is Kyle Lowry, the guy that has stepped up when Kawhi Leonard has been forced to rest due to injury management.
Lowry has had strong seasons before disappearing in the playoffs earlier in his career, but the Raptors have never looked as good as they do now, mostly thanks of his stellar playmaking, posting averages of 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.2 triples a night.
8. Anthony Davis
Once again, the Pelicans showed Anthony Davis that they just can’t win without him. Now that he’s back, the team is still mightily struggling, but he’s been balling his heart out on a nightly basis.
It’s just a matter of time before the Unibrow takes home the MVP, but maybe he needs to force a move elsewhere to a bigger market where he gets the praise he deserves. So far, he’s posted averages of 25 points, 12.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.1 blocks per contest.
7. Damian Lillard
Nobody thought the Portland Trail Blazers stood a chance at the end of the season and everybody was calling for a rebuilding era at Rip city. Gladly, Damian Lillard wanted no part of that discussion.
The Blazers point guard is on a whole new level this season and is determined to prove his doubters wrong. He’s trying to get everybody involved and put an end to the ISO-ball era, posting averages of 26.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.7 triples per game.
6. LeBron James
LeBron James is quietly, yet quickly climbing the MVP ladder, as the Los Angeles Lakers have entered a 4 game winning streak since signing Tyson Chandler and James has been spectacular in all of those matchups.
The Lakers are still a work in progress and there’s going to be some growing pains, but his averages of 27.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 2.1 triples and 1.5 steals a night have been fantastic for a guy entering his 16th season. Also, he’s now the league’s 5th all-time leading scorer.
5. Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard has made sure to put an end to the doubts regarding his ability to come back as dominant as he used to be, as he’s looked like a perfect fit for the Toronto Raptors even despite having to miss a couple of matchups.
Leonard keeps proving he’s the best two-way player in the league and looks poised for another MVP and DPOY frontrunner campaign, posting averages of 24.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 triples and 1.7 steals per game.
4. Joel Embiid
The more we see Joel Embiid play, the more we can tell he was tailor-made for the game of basketball. Embiid is yet another player that could easily lead the DPOY and MVP race on a yearly basis.
Even despite a sloppy start of the season for the Philadelphia 76ers, the big man has been outstanding in both sides of the hardwood and is slowly making strides as the league’s best center, posting averages of 27.6 points, 13.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 triples and 2.1 blocks per game.
3. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry has slid a couple of spots in our power rankings due to injury, but the fact that the Golden State Warriors have struggled so much to win without him prove that he’s still the best player on that team.
Curry was on a roll before being forced to leave with an injury, and the team sure misses his offensive firepower and all the intangibles he brought on a nightly basis, posting averages of 29.5 points, 5 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1 steal, and 5.2 three-pointers.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
As soon as Giannis Antetokounmpo develops a three-point shot, he’s going to be - by far - the best player in this league. He’s just a treat to watch, a guy that’s a human highlight reel, and a hard-nosed competitor.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the most surprising teams of the season and they can thank the Greek Freak for that. Ever since the start of the season, he’s been unstoppable thanks to his averages of 25.8 points, 12.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks a night.
1. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant has stepped up as the league’s top MVP candidate right now with Stephen Curry in the shelf, as he’s helped to carry the load for the struggling Warriors even despite what Draymond Green may want.
Obviously, there’s a lot of drama surrounding Durant and his impending free agency once again, but his overall impact is impossible to deny. So far, he’s averaged 27.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists,1 steal and 0.8 blocks per game.