Let’s leave three favorites for NBA MVP


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Let's leave three favorites for NBA MVP

Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry aim to win the award for Best NBA Player in the new season

Based on projections from Las Vegas, there are five players who stand out above the rest as favorites to win this season’s NBA MVP: Luka Doncic (+400), Giannis Antetokounmpo (+650), Joel Embiid (+700) , Kevin Durant (+700) and Stephen Curry (+700).

A quite logical list that leaves many out, but that helps us to accommodate our ideas about who has the best platforms to take off statistically and that we can narrow even more to break the triple +700 tie between the stars of Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Golden State.

With Doncic there seems to be an agreement among analysts that he should lead the candidates, taking into account that he finished sixth last season among the leading scorers with 27.7 points per game., but mainly because of his indefensible character and the ease with which he abuses opponents to generate his own offensive.

Doncic owns the points-youth-show combo that attracts voters so much and is on a team in which his expectations revolve directly around him, which means that he will take the ball much more than the others and their numbers, already Already outstanding, they will grow, as well as the Mavericks’ winning record.

In second place is Giannis, who has the best tools of all to shine on a champion team, which will make things more efficient on offense., opening the court for him with shooters for him to destroy in the paint, and easier on defense, wearing down opponents from the perimeter so that he hunts down those who dare to attack the rim.

Antetokounmpo is the best of the candidates on both sides of the ball, the only one really dominant in almost every meter of the court and if he is not the first choice of bettors, I think it is due to that idea that nobody is too good at the modern game to win MVP three times in four seasons, something that not even Michael Jordan did, but Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and… LeBron James did.

Then you have to make a decision and by discarding exercise, I leave out Joel Embiid because Philadelphia does not have the franchise stability of the Warriors today, which helps Steph Curry’s confidence so much and because they do not have, like the Nets, to a James Harden quality second scoring force that will make Kevin Durant’s life more bearable.

The tie for me is broken in Curry’s favor simply because he’s going to score more points than Durant as the schedule progresses. The chef was the leading scorer last season with 32 points per game and, until Klay Thompson’s return in early 2022, he will be the only offensive superstar on a team that threatens to shoot more 3s than ever before. .


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