Early Look at 2021 NBA MVP Leaders
The 2021 NBA season is in full effect. Let’s take a look at some of the best players so far and how the odds are fairing.
Lebron James (+250)
Lebron “King” James is living up to his nickname and his legacy in his seventeenth year in the NBA at age 36. James continues to do it all night in and night out for the Lakers. Currently, the Lakers sit as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference behind the Utah Jazz. James is averaging 25.6 points per game with 8.0 assists and rebounds per game. James is already a four-time NBA MVP with his sights set on bigger things. As much as Lebron would appreciate winning another NBA MVP, James chasing his fifth NBA championship ring. Right now, James is the clear favorite for NBA MVP.
Joel Embiid (+400)
Joel Embiid is one of the best centers in all of the NBA right now. Embiid is a key reason that the Philadelphia 76ers currently sit at the top of the Eastern Conference. On the season, Embiid is averaging 29.1 points per game with 11.0 rebounds per game. What makes Embiid so special is the variety of ways he can score at 7’0” tall. Embiid is a decent three-point shooter and a magician inside of the paint. For the 76ers to stay atop the Eastern Conference Embiid will need to continue to put up big numbers.
Nikola Jokic (+450)
Nikola Jokic is one of the best players out there right now, but on the Denver Nuggets, he does not receive the national attention as some other players receive. Jokic is a 6’11” Lebron James the way he can score, pass and rebound. Jokic is averaging 27.5 points per game, 11.5 rebounds, and 8.5 assists. Many players the size of Jokic are unable to do the things he does each night. If he keeps up these numbers he deserves to be in the MVP conversation.
Kevin Durant (+900)
In his first official season healthy with the Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant has seemingly left off right where he was as one of the most dominant scorers in the NBA. Durant currently has 29.5 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game, and 5.2 assists per game. Durant should stay in the MVP conversation, but with stars like Kyrie Irving and James Harden now on the Nets, it could make it difficult for Durant to keep up those kinds of numbers.
Luka Doncic (+1000)
Luka Doncic is without a doubt one of the best players in the league. Doncic is averaging 27.8 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game, and 9.3 assists per game. Luka is not the problem right now, the Mavericks are the problem. For Luka to stay in the MVP conversation the Mavericks need to pick things up and work their way into the playoff picture.
Giannis Antetokounpo (+1200)
Giannis is the defending NBA MVP. Each year Antetokounpos’s name will be in the MVP discussion, but it’s time for Giannis to lead the Bucks deep in the playoffs. Antetokounpo is currently averaging 27.3 points per game with 11.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. I feel that Giannis needs to do more winning to stay in the MVP conversation, period.
Stephen Curry (+1600)
Stephen Curry is working his way back from injury a year ago. Of late, Curry has been playing well scoring 32 or more points in four of the Warrior’s last five games. Just a few games Curry exploded for 57 points against the Mavericks. Curry is averaging 29.6 points per game, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. With Klay Thompson out for the season, Curry is the main source of offense for Golden State and should continue to put up huge numbers.
MVP Right Now: Nikola Jokic
What Jokic is doing right now is unreal. If he can keep this up for the remainder of the season I cannot see how he isn’t the MVP. At +450 right now I feel that is an amazing value.