NBA MVP 2021-22: LeBron James Falls Far Behind Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo in NBA’s Updated List

Published 12/17/2021, 1:24 PM EST


Every year, NBA produces some outrageous talent. Yet, some veterans remain firmly placed in the ladder, occupying their own space every year. At the end of the season, the top players compete for the coveted MVP award. LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant are all among the athletes who are currently contending for the prize. However, the latest update to the list will shock you. Any guesses?

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Last year, Serbian Nikola Jokic won the prestigious award. Courtesy of a brilliant season, the overseas star pipped his fellow competitors to the award. He averaged well over 26 points and single-handedly carried the Denver Nuggets throughout the year. This year, however, the rest of the playing field has stepped up. Although Jokic continues to impress, there are some new names on the list. And after being updated, some clear favorites have emerged.

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LeBron James drops well below Kevin Durant and others on the MVP list

36-year-old LeBron James continues to defy his critics. In spite of being in the league for close to two decades, the forward is as devastating as ever. However, his injury issues haven’t helped him out thus far. Due to this, the Lakers are in a state of bother. Meanwhile, Curry and Durant have been in top form. While KD has been carrying the Brooklyn Nets, Warriors’ #30 recently broke the record for most 3-pointers ever made. As a result, the duo join last year’s winner Jokic and Greek freak Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021-22’s top-4.

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Updated on Friday, the MVP ladder has quite a few surprises. Topping the list, are former teammates, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. They are closely followed by Jokic and Giannis, who have showcased their brute force on the court. Surprisingly, James doesn’t follow suit. The 17-time All-star lags behind, slotting in at No.10. Hence, it will take a monumental effort for him to climb to the No.1 MVP spot. Completing the top-10, are Chris Paul, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Zach LaVine and Trae Young.

Nov 8, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts after scoring against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The MVP list for this season is certainly star-studded, to say the least. It contains some veterans of the game, along with bright young talent. Who do you think is going to claim the coveted individual prize at the end of the season? Comment below.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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