The regular season will be complete this week, and we will have the full breakdown of the playoff brackets in just a short amount of time. This season has given us a ton of surprises, some elite player performances, and some iconic trades over a full 82 games. As usual, the MVP race is extremely tight and there are 3 legitimate contenders for the award.
Nikola Jokic won the MVP award last year and has a great chance to follow it up with yet another major individual accolade. Meanwhile, Giannis Antetokounmpo already has 2 MVP awards to his name and could be looking for his third award in four years. Joel Embiid has been the most spectacular offensive big man in the game this year and is looking for his first MVP award.
With three men battling it out down the stretch, only one man can be crowned for the coveted individual award. Without further ado, here are the final MVP power rankings for the 2021-2022 NBA season.
10. Kevin Durant
2021-22 Statistics: 30.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 6.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 1.0 BPG
Kevin Durant will not win his second MVP award this year, but he does not have to. We all know he is a top-3 player in the world when healthy, and he is proving that whenever he is on the floor. One of the best shooters and scorers of his generation, KD is having yet another sensational season.
The forward is putting up 30.1 PPG on 52.2% from the field, 39.1% from three, and 90.7% from the free-throw line. That is almost 50-40-90 numbers from one of the game’s greatest scorers, so it is impressive that he is able to keep up this level of play at age 33.
9. DeMar DeRozan
2021-22 Statistics: 27.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.9 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG
DeMar DeRozan has had a fantastic season and should be on an All-NBA Team at the end of the year. One of the best isolation scorers in the NBA and a great leader, DeRozan has come up big for the Chicago Bulls throughout the year. Of course, his clutch shooting has made headlines throughout the year.
But the DeRozan has fallen in the MVP power rankings, mainly because the Bulls have fallen to the 7th seed in the East. Chicago will still be a tough team for the Milwaukee Bucks to play against because they have DeMar and another All-Star in Zach LaVine by his side.
8. Chris Paul
2021-22 Statistics: 14.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 10.8 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG
One of the legends of the sport, Chris Paul is hungry for his first championship victory. The future Hall of Famer has helped Phoenix rise to the top of the West early on and given the likes of Devin Booker the confidence to carry the team in his absence.
An incredible playmaker and floor general, Paul is leading the NBA in assists per game this year while also chipping in 1.9 SPG and 14.7 PPG on 49.3% shooting from the field and 83.7% from the free-throw line. The superstar point guard is almost 37, yet remains one of the game’s best players.
7. Luka Doncic
2021-22 Statistics: 28.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 8.7 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Luka Doncic’s name will be in the MVP rankings going forward for a very long time because he is truly a once-in-a-generation talent. The Slovenian is not only a special passer and scorer but has the natural leadership abilities to help take the Dallas Mavericks over the hump someday. So far, Doncic is leading the Dallas Mavericks to a top-4 seeding in the West.
Luka is getting more shooters around him by the season, and the addition of Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans has given the Slovenian a lot of help. If Luka can finally get past the first round of the playoffs, he will start gaining invaluable experience to help him on his path to becoming the face of the league.
6. Devin Booker
2021-22 Statistics: 26.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG
The Phoenix Suns will finish with the best record in the NBA this season, and that is mainly thanks to Devin Booker. Chris Paul was the man early on in the year, but Booker has carried Phoenix in the point guard’s absence. Averaging 26.8 PPG, the All-Star shooting guard is one of the game’s best scorers.
It will be very interesting to see how Phoenix fares in the first round, especially with the health of Chris Paul still in question. There is no denying that Devin has been an offensive force throughout the year, and the Suns would be fighting for decent seeding in the West if the shooting guard did not carry the squad through adversity.
5. Ja Morant
2021-22 Statistics: 27.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 6.7 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Sure, the Memphis Grizzlies have an incredible 20-5 record without their superstar point guard on the roster. But the team would not be in its incredible position without Ja Morant, one of the game’s most exciting players. Ja is not only a great scorer but an unstoppable force that impacts the game at an elite level.
Nobody could have predicted that Memphis would be the 2nd seed in the Western Conference, and Morant was the man who guided the team early in the season. When he went down with his injury, the remnants of his superstar play were still there because he has uplifted the play of every player on the team.
4. Jayson Tatum
2021-22 Statistics: 26.9 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Expect Jayson Tatum to come out guns blazing next season, because he will be looking for his first MVP award. The forward is one of the game’s most exciting players on the offensive end and has embraced a villain role on the road. NBA fans know that Tatum will normally go off against their team, and they are letting him hear it.
But Tatum has managed to lead a dynamic Celtics squad to a top-3 record in the East under a new head coach, and for that, he manages his place in the top-5 of the MVP ranking. The talented 24-year-old already has playoff experience, and that could do him good down the line.
3. Joel Embiid
2021-22 Statistics: 30.6 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.5 BPG
An unstoppable scorer with an improving handle, Joel Embiid is putting up career-highs in PPG and APG. Thanks to his improved passing, Embiid is a player that cannot be stopped. The only thing stopping Joel from achieving incredible heights this offseason has been the inconsistent play of James Harden, a man who could be on the decline.
Nonetheless, Embiid is having a Hall of Fame-caliber season because he is doing everything on the court at a superstar level. A solid shooter and post-scorer, Joel is getting more comfortable in the position as a top-5 player in the game, and that is good news for the 76ers franchise.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
2021-22 Statistics: 29.9 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.4 BPG
The Bucks are currently in the 3rd seed in the East, a strong finish for the reigning NBA champions. Thanks to Giannis’ pay on both ends of the floor, Milwaukee is balling as the season has come to an end and the Greek Freak is widely regarded as the best player in the world.
Two-time MVP and reigning NBA champion Giannis Antetokounmpo is having an excellent year for the Bucks, and he seems to be getting his squad ready for another Finals push. Just by looking at his numbers, he should be given the MVP award and that would be the end of it. But there is only one player ahead of him.
1. Nikola Jokic
2021-22 Statistics: 27.1 PPG, 13.8 RPG, 7.9 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.9 BPG
As we approach the end of the regular season, Nikola Jokic will likely earn his second-straight MVP award. The narrative, his performances, and his impact will earn him that award. The dominant Serbian is putting up astronomical numbers on the offensive end and is playing like a typical center in terms of his rebounding.
Without Jokic, the Denver Nuggets are deep in the lottery since their 2nd and 3rd best players are out with injuries. Thanks to Nikola’s leadership and passing ability, the likes of Will Barton, Monte Morris, Jeff Green, and Aaron Gordon have found a way to make the Nuggets a formidable team to play against. In terms of value, no player means more to his team than Nikola Jokic.