The National Basketball Association is full of talented superstars, each looking to distinguish themselves from their peers. And nothing screams, “You got nothing on me,” like hoisting the much-coveted Most Valuable Player award.
As we inch closer to the start of the 2018–19 regular season, Vegas oddsmakers have released their picks to win the NBA MVP award. These players are the odds-on favorites.
James Harden, Houston Rockets (+650)
After falling short of the MVP award the year before, Harden came back with a vengeance during the 2017–18 season. The Beard averaged an NBA-best 30.4 points per game, led the Rockets to the best record in the league at 65-17, and finally took home the game’s top individual honor. A repeat performance in 2019 is not out of the question for the Houston superstar.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (+500)
Giannis Antetokounmpo lived up to his nickname “The Greek Freak” in 2017–18. The two-time All-Star averaged a career-best 26.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game and earned himself a spot on the All-NBA Second Team. It’s only a matter of time before Giannis wins MVP.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (+450)
If you were starting an NBA team from scratch, you could make a legit argument for taking Anthony Davis first overall. Last year, AD did everything for the Pelicans. He put up 28.1 points and 11.1 rebounds a night, topped the league with 2.6 blocks per game, and was named First Team All-NBA and First Team All-Defense. The Brow is in the MVP conversation for sure.
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers (+333)
The top prize is not always given to the game’s best player. If that was the case, LeBron James would win the award every year. That being said, while the King doesn’t always finish first in the MVP voting, he’s always in consideration. Should ‘Bron manage to turn around the lowly Lakers this season, he could be looking at his fifth-career MVP award.
Statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.
Other notable players to watch:
- Kawhi Leonard (+950)
- Kevin Durant (+1000)
- Stephen Curry (+1200)
- Joel Embiid (+1500)
- Kyrie Irving (+1500)
- Russell Westbrook (+1600)
- Ben Simmons (+2500)
- Donovan Mitchell (+2500)
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