This years MVP race has been and will be very close at the top, with Giannis, PG13, and James Harden being the main threats to capture the prestigious award at the end of this season, while it’s been a close race we believe one person in particular has earned the first spot in our current MVP rankings.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Stats: 27.0 points, 12.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.4 blocks
The reason we have Giannis at number one on our board is simple, he has been the best all around player this season. Giannis’ Bucks have the NBA’s best record at 51-17, and Giannis is by far the best player on that team. He is excellent in every facet of the game and this season has taken his talent to the MVP level, he is the clear front runner to win this award.
2. James Harden
Stats: 36.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 2.1 steals
Most other years James Harden would be the clear favorite to win the NBA MVP award due to his insane scoring that has not been seen in a long time, if ever. But with the Rockets almost 10 games behind the Bucks in terms of record, we don’t see how Harden is more valuable than Giannis. If Harden is able to continue this monstrous scoring all the way to the end of the season, and the Bucks and Giannis slow down even a step, Harden could steal the MVP award.
3. Paul George
Stats: 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.3 steals
Paul George is the last player who we feel truly has a chance to win the award, George has had a career year in OKC this season and has become the leader of the team ahead of Russel Westbrook, and has lead OKC to a 42-27 record. George is in reality a 2nd star, but he has been able to expand his game to a point where he truly should be in consideration for the MVP award.
4. Kawhi Leonard
Stats: 27.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks
Kawhi Leonard has faced a lot of scrutiny since his trade from the San Antonio Spurs to the Raptors, and yet it seems this move has paid off for him and his team as well. The Raptors are sitting in 2nd place in the Eastern conference at 49-20, and have a legitimate chance to reach the NBA finals for the first time.
5. Nikola Jokic
Stats: 20.2 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.2 steals
Nikola Jokic is not you’re typical NBA center, he does not protect the rim or have much athleticism, what he gives you is a point center who is above average at every part of the game. Jokic has lead the Nuggets to a 45-22 record, the second best in the Western conference. Jokic should be in consideration for the NBA MVP award because, in large part, he has lead his team without any other superstars, not many players can say the same.