In an 82-game season, anything can happen, but it is still fun to look ahead and make predictions. Will the NBA continue to be dominated by last year’s stars, or will a new guy step up and make a run for the Most Valuable Player award?
The 2022-23 NBA MVP award could realistically go to 15-20 players in the league. This award takes into account many different factors, and there are some no-brainers who should be considered, but some great sleepers who can make a run.
As we sit in the offseason, athletes are spending their entire summer bettering their craft. They are coming into the new season hungrier than ever, looking to prove they are the best player in the league, and chasing an NBA championship on the way. Let’s take a look at three of the best candidates to be named the 2022-23 NBA MVP.
These players are not in order, they are just the most likely to walk away from the season with some personal hardware. After coming up just shy of the MVP award this past season, Joel Embiid fans believe he was snubbed. He will look to prove this season why he should have won.
The big man from Cameroon played in 68 games averaging 30.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, while shooting 49.9% from the field, 37.1% from three and had a PER of 31.2. He led the Philadelphia 76ers to a four seed in the East with a record of 51-31. Without the Ben Simmons drama, Embiid looks to cook up an MVP award with James Harden and crew.
When thinking of the player that is most valuable to their team, it really is Luka Doncic. He led the Dallas Mavericks, who really were not a great team, to the Western Conference Finals. In his playoff career, he has averaged 32.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists through 28 games. Luka is that guy.
After averaging nearly a triple-double in 2021-22, Luka is one of the betting favorites to win the MVP. 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists is not easy whatsoever. Look at the team he took to the WCF and tell me he is not a favorite to win the MVP next season. Year five for Luka may be his best season yet.
The Serbian center has a great chance of going back-to-back-to-back this year. He put the Denver Nuggets on his back and sent them to playoffs as a six-seed. Jokic did all this without his battery mate Jamal Murray. The Joker wants his third MVP and his first ring.
Jokic and Embiid battled all season, but Jokic edged out his fellow big man out East Embiid to win the MVP. The triple-double machine averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists on 58.3% shooting. Jokic has only gotten better since winning his first MVP, and he looks to become the fourth player in NBA history to win three straight MVP awards.
These are just three of many players who have the best chance to win the award. Here are some other players I think have a great chance to also win: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, Ja Morant, Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker and Trae Young.
So, who do you think will be named the 2022-23 NBA Most Valuable Player?
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