Once again, the power rankings for the latest MVP race will be revealed. The NBA superstars are at their best once again, putting on shows for the entire NBA universe. The big names are certainly showing up, and the top contending teams expected to be at the top of the pack are there once again.
There were some crucial games that were played recently, and big-time performances have shaped the NBA MVP power rankings accordingly. Here are the latest MVP Power Rankings.
10. Kemba Walker
23.5 PPG, 5.2 APG, 4.3 RPG
Kemba is still the best player for a very strong Celtics team this term. His scoring and leadership have given them a number one option on the floor, and he has shown to be a very strong Kyrie replacement. When looking at the Nets, one might wonder which player has a greater impact.
Walker is averaging 23.5 points per game for one of the best teams in the East. Thanks to the early work he did in the season, the Celtics have one of the best records in the NBA. In fact, they have an argument for the best team in the East. That's strong MVP support right there.
9. Nikola Jokic
17.1 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 6.7 APG, 1.0 SPG
Jokic is still the star player for the Denver Nuggets, who have positioned themselves as a real problem in the West. Jokic is the epitome of the modern-day center, who is able to pass and score as well as rebound and defend the rim.
If the Nuggets keep winning games, which they will, they might fight for a top-three seed or even more. Jokic will continue to make his MVP case especially if the other top teams start losing some games.
8. Kawhi Leonard
25.5 PPG, 7.5. RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.7 SPG
Leonard is still one of the top players in the league and is incredibly efficient. The return of Paul George from injury has actually helped Leonard's MVP cause since the Clippers are looking more and more dominant as the season progresses.
As usual, load management will likely stop him from winning the MVP this year. Leonard could care less, as he wants to add chip number three to his trophy case.
7. Joel Embiid
22.7 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.3 BPG
Embiid has had his struggled this season, not looking like the star player we all know he is. But he has set his mind right and has started dominating every matchup he is in. Embiid has made it clear that he wants to be one of the best players of all time, and has taken that pressure on his shoulders.
Embiid is putting up big numbers again, averaging nearly 13 boards a game while upping his scoring as the season is progressing. If he keeps it up, he could climb higher on the rankings.
6. Jimmy Butler
20.9 PPG, 6.8 APG, 6.5 RPG, 2.1 SPG
Butler has actually shown improvement as a player and a willingness to distribute the ball and be a fantastic team player. Butler could always score and defend, but he is clearly trying to add parts to his game to make him a superstar player in this league.
The Heat have been very fun to watch this year, and Butler is a big reason why. His leadership and production on the court is a major factor why the Heat will be in the playoffs this year, and judging by their performance so far this season, anything can happen.
5. Luka Doncic
29.3 PPG, 8.9 APG, 9.6 RPG, 1.2 SPG
Doncic has been at his best and is putting up big numbers and generating big wins. He has been a beast on the scoring charts and has hit countless timely buckets for the Mavericks since joining the NBA. Hopefully, a recent injury won't keep him out long, as he has been performing like an MVP so far.
Doncic is still hovering around a triple-double and making it look as effortless as possible. His scoring, playmaking, and rebounding is something to marvel at. A top-five MVP candidate in the league resides in Dallas at the moment, and he might be further up soon.
4. Anthony Davis
27.4 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 2.6 BPG, 1.4 SPG
AD is simply the best big man in the world. He is playing extremely active defensive end has spearheaded that side of the floor for the Lakers. Davis is also the number one offensive option on the team and is putting up over 27 points per game for a top-seeded Lakers team.
The Lakers seeding, paired with some big-time performances has made Davis a top MVP candidate so far. While James will get the glory, and the criticism, if the Lakers don't make the NBA Finals- it will be AD who will lead them in the regular season.
3. LeBron James
25.9 PPG, 10.6 APG, 7.4 RPG, 1.2 SPG
James has been superb, and is playing at a level we haven't seen in a very long time from such a veteran. LeBron is putting up staggering numbers, averaging a career-high 10.6 assist per game. While we knew LeBron was an amazing passer, he always had the ability to lead the league in assists even whole scoring 26 points per game as he has shown this year.
James means a lot to the NBA, and he has a case for winning every MVP Award every single season much as Michael Jordan did. James will likely remain a top-three candidate all season long but he has some work to do to catch two unbelievable performers.
2. James Harden
38.9 PPG, 7.4 APG, 6.0 RPG, 1.9 SPG
Harden is the most unstoppable offensive player in the league, and many are convinced he is the best offensive player of all time. While this is a stretch, Harden is just phenomenal and is one of the best regular-season players ever. It still needs to be seen if he can replicate these performances in the playoffs since he hasn't done so yet.
But the MVP is a regular-season award, and he is literally a hair from first place. Still, if harden keeps averaging nearly 40 points per game this season, he might be MVP again.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
31.7 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.2 BPG
Reigning MVP The Greek Freak is once again number one on the MVP rankings. He has been the best player for the best team in the East and is just an unstoppable force on both ends.
While James Harden once again puts up a strong fight with his offensive prowess, Giannis has his team currently with the best record in the NBA once again. After all, he has all the support he needs, with his scoring and rebounding numbers alongside his team's record. Giannis has the best chance of being MVP two times in a row this year.