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The Biggest MVP Darkhorse Candidates Of The 2017/18 Season


This upcoming NBA season will be an exciting one for the league. Not only have a string of NBA teams added much-needed fire power, but some big names have been working hard all summer long to get their shot at a title.

Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and, of course, LeBron James, are all expected to be in next year's MVP hunt. As always, their amazing basketball skills never fail to get noticed by the NBA community.

But with a new season also comes new surprises, and the MVP race always had it's Darkhorse winners. In this list, we count down the 3 most likely Darkhorse MVP candidates for the 2017/18 season:

Kyrie Irving


Chances are, Kyrie will be on a different team by the time October rolls around. Depending on what team that is will influence what chance he has at MVP. But provided he goes to an ideal situation, Kyrie could have a real shot at Most Valuable Player this upcoming season. As one of the best offensive players in the league, Uncle Drew would drop a considerable number of points on any team he's on. If he serves as the main ball handler though, he'd get a chance to flash his playmaking skills as well, possibly mirroring the play style of James Harden.

Jimmy Butler

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Admittedly, the Timberwolves would have to have an awesome season for Jimmy Butler to warrant MVP consideration. But with a team as loaded as they are, that shouldn't be a problem. The great thing about Butler is his two sided play style, which doesn't come often in the NBA these days. In Chicago, he proved he could play both sides of the ball efficiently, and that skill set will help him on the Wolves. It also doesn;t hurt your chances when you play for a team that's young and fun to watch, which is two things the T-Wolves definitely are.

Giannis Antetokounmpo



You may not know how to say his last name, but "The Greek Freak" has certainly been turning heads recently. At 6'11", Giannis is a ball handler in a Big Man's body. With a freakish wingspan and awe-inspiring athleticism, Giannis can pretty much do it all on the court. He carried the Bucks to the Playoffs last season, where they, unfortunately, lost in the first round to the Toronto Raptors. If the Bucks improve and make some real noise by 2018, Giannis could be an MVP front runner when the voting begins.