A few games into the new NBA season, there is already chatter about the top candidates for the MVP race so far.
Last season, Nikola Jokic won the proud title, and two seasons ago, Giannis Antetokounmpo was the rightful owner of the MVP crown. However, who are the top 5 candidates?
It's a big misconception that an NBA player needs to be a 20-point scorer to become an MVP candidate. As Rudy Gobert continues to be in the conversation, he is proving everyone wrong. He is a stellar defender, who deserves to be in the race.
Looking at the statistics, Nikola Jokic has been absolutely amazing so far. The Serbian player is dominating on both ends of the floor. However, the only obstacle in the reigning champions' way is the Nuggets inability to bring victories consistently, which is effecting their record.
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The Golden State Warriors are boasting the best record in the league. Although Jordan Poole deserves credit for that, if they continue this way, Curry is definitely one of the top candidates for the MVP title.
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Jimmy Butler is finally getting the attention he deserves. Along with putting up a career-best season, he has the Miami Heat as title contenders. When the season began, nobody expected him in this conversation. But here we are..
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James Harden may be struggling, Kyrie Irving might not be playing, but Kevin Durant is keeping the Nets very alive, just like last season, and making his best case for MVP. He is currently the favorite for the award, especially after their five-game winning streak.