Bucks vs Suns NBA Finals: Top 3 Players Most Likely to Win 2021 Finals MVP

Published 07/05/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Feb 10, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) protects the ball from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


The atmosphere for the NBA finals has officially set in with the Bucks vs Suns NBA Finals taking place in a few days. The Phoenix Suns will take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the finals matchup. Both teams are four games away from winning the championship. However, it won’t be an easy task for either of them.

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The NBA finals can bring out the best and sometimes the worst in the players. It takes special performances in addition to a total team effort to win it all. Both Phoenix and Milwaukee have players who can take over and deliver when needed. The Finals MVP is an award for such a performer in the NBA finals series.

Feb 10, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks against Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) and center Deandre Ayton (22) during the second half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

With the abundance of talent in both the Bucks and the Suns, which player will win the Finals MVP in the Bucks vs Suns NBA finals? Here are the top 3 picks.

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Devin Booker

Devin Booker made headlines back in 2017 when he scored 70 points against Boston in a losing effort. Booker is one of the most prolific scorers in today’s league. His scoring abilities allow him to change the course of the game. Devin Booker can get to the rim, he can dunk, he has good post moves, and in addition, he can also shoot the lights out.

Booker played his first playoffs this year and has been nothing short of impressive. Booker is the leading scorer of the team averaging 27 points in the playoffs in 16 games. Moreover, he is shooting 34% from beyond the arc and 44% from the field.

Jun 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker reacts against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half during game one of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

When Booker gets going, it is very hard to get him to stop. At just 24, he is the Suns’ first option to score, and with good reason. If he can get his rhythm going, he can propel Phoenix to their first-ever championship and be the 4th youngest player to win Finals MVP joining the company of players like Dwyane Wade and magic Johnson.

Chris Paul

The leader of the Suns, Chris Paul, is the living embodiment of the phrase “age is just a number.” Coming off an emphatic 41 points and 0 turnover performance, the 36-year-old is eyeing his first-ever NBA championship. Interestingly, this is also his first-ever NBA finals appearance in his 16-year career.

Chris Paul is probably the biggest reason for Phoenix’s success. He taught this team how to compete and molded them to become fearless. CP3 has taken this young group and transformed them into fierce competitors while having a fine playoff run himself and is averaging 18 points and almost 9 assists.

Jun 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) reacts as time runs out in the Suns victory over the LA Clippers in game four of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Moreover, CP3 comes in with a motive and will do anything to finally win a championship, and this is most probably his best chance at capturing the championship. If Pauls wins Finals MVP in the Bucks vs Suns NBA finals, he will be the 2nd oldest player to do so behind the great Kareem-Abdul Jabbar (37).

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Khris Middleton

Khris Middleton of Milwaukee could be the dark horse in these NBA finals. With Giannis injured and no guarantee of him playing in the first few games, Middleton is the next best scoring option. Middleton has the ability to take over a game in the later stages. Even though Middleton may have less than 10 points in the first half, he has the ability to end the game with 30+.

This was evident in Game 6 against the Hawks as he had just 5 points in the first half of the game and ended the game with 32 points. Middleton is the Bucks’ main threat from beyond the arc and they will depend on him to deliver. Moreover, come the 4th quarter, Khris Middleton is the go-to player for the Bucks. He is averaging 23.4 points and 8 rebounds in these playoffs.

If the Bucks win the Finals, Middleton will be one of the favorites to win Finals MVP in the Bucks vs Suns NBA Finals.

Jul 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) dribbles the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) during the third quarter in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Another mention would be the ‘Greek Freak’, Giannis Antetokounmpo, if he is healthy. Giannis has been out since Game 4 of the Hawks series because of a knee injury. However, if Giannis returns to play in the NBA finals, it will be huge for Milwaukee in the finals and he could also be the top pick to win Finals MVP.

 

Who do you think will win in the Bucks-Suns finals? Let us know in the comments.

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