NBA – MVPs Of The Season So Far
The battle for this season’s MVP award looks a fairly open one, and we’ve taken a look at four players who could be in contention come the business end of the NBA campaign.
KD is currently second-favorite at +500 and the lack of Kyrie Irving for the Nets is probably doing him a favor in regards to his chances of winning this award for a second time.
Possessing one of the best mid-range shots in the game, Durant has not only been extremely consistent this season (scored 22+ in all 13 games so far), but he’s also been incredibly efficient – shooting 58.6% from the field.
He’s pretty unguardable at times, and it’s unlikely we’ll see him waver too far from the 29.6 PPG he’s averaging at the minute. To go along with that he’s managed 8.4 RPG, and 5.1 APG, so he’s doing a bit of everything.
Curry has always been a bit of a slow starter, but a true indictment of his talent is that even when his numbers are not at his usual levels, they’re still pretty impressive compared to most others in the league.
That said, his efficiency might have been poorer than normal at the start of the campaign, but he’s really started to find his groove the last few games. He dropped 50 against the Hawks, and 40 against Chicago. With the Warriors looking deadly so far, the +280 available on Curry to win MVP could represent some value.
It’s also interesting to note how impressive his defense has been this term. He has a defensive rating of 97.5 – putting him in the top ten of that category.
The reigning MVP has pretty much picked up from where he left off last season. Per game he’s averaging 25.3 points, 13.7 boards, and 6.3 assists.
He recorded a triple double in two of his last three games, and with the Nuggets likely to be in the hunt for one of the top four seeds in the West, there’s every chance the Serbian center could go back-to-back.
An intriguing outsider in this conversation is the LA Clippers’ Paul George. The sportsbooks have him at odds of +2500, but he’s doing a stellar job of leading the Clippers in the absence of Kawhi Leonard.
PG-13 has four 30+ point games this season, including his 42-piece against the Blazers where he shot 62.5% from the field, and he looks like a man on a mission.