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5 Darkhorse Contenders For 2020-21 NBA MVP

5 Darkhorse Contenders For 2020-21 NBA MVP

Wining the Most Valuable Player award is not for everybody. I mean, there are countless factors that could weigh in in the decision. Do you give the award to the best player in the league? Do you give it to the most impactful? Or should the best player on the best team win it?

Also, small-market players aren't often favored in those kinds of votings. Obviously, not having many nationally televised games or not playing for a powerhouse isn't as fancy, and that has historically hurt countless players over the years.

Then again, there are some guys that could make a leap this season and shock the world by winning their very-first MVP award. That's why today, we'll present you with the top 5 dark hose candidates to be the league's Most Valuable Player.

5. Devin Booker

(via The Arizona Republic)

(via The Arizona Republic)

Devin Booker is fresh off winning bubble MVP, and even though he would've rathered make the playoffs, that was motivation enough to come back even better this season. He already put the world on notice in Orlando, so nice is time to take a step forward.

The Phoenix Suns had one of the best offseasons in the league. They added Chris Paul and they'll be fighting to make the playoffs for the first time in years. If Booker somehow leads them to a top-5 spot in the stacked West, he'd be in the MVP conversation for sure.

4. Jayson Tatum

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Credit: Getty Images

How long has it been since a Boston Celtics player was named Most Valuable Player? Well, maybe it's time Jayson Tatum puts an end to that drought. He's already one of the best young players in the league, but he's not a future star, he's a star already.

Tatum has shown great skills on both ends of the floor and has embraced his role as the face of the franchise. The Celtics are one of the biggest sports markets in the world and as such, Tatum could be poised for MVP consideration if they win the East.

3. Nikola Jokic

Via Getty

Via Getty

For most of his career, Nikola Jokic has spent the first two months of the season getting into game shape. Now, he's entered this campaign ready and in the best shape of his career. The Denver Nuggets are coming off an incredible run, so it's time to run it back.

Nikola Jokic should already be considered the best passing big man in the history of the league. He's the true definition of a point center and a guy that can make plays that no other player in the world can. Don't sleep on Denver or The Joker.

2. Paul George

(via USA Today FTW)

(via USA Today FTW)

Paul George's reputation took a massive hit last season so it's only right that his comeback is only as big. George is more motivated than ever and is back at full strength after struggling with injuries for most of last season, and it's shown thus far.

George knows that he's got a lot to prove this year, especially after signing that massive contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers. He was a top-3 MVP candidate just a couple of seasons ago, so we know that he's capable of pulling it off.

1. Kyrie Irving

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Credit: Getty Images

Kyrie Irving has had his fair share of backs-and-forths with the media so perhaps it'll be a long shot to think that some insiders will grant him their vote. Then again, talent-wise, there's no reason to think he couldn't be this year's MVP.

Kyrie has done a lot of talking lately so it's time he backs up the talk on the hardwood. When locked in, he's one of the most disruptive scorers in NBA history. He'll have to stay healthy and learn to coexist with Kevin Durant, but the MVP potential is there.

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