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Five Players Stand Out in NBA MVP Race

 

It may only be December, but if a player has not been talked about yet for a chance at being the most valuable player…then is he really MVP worthy? Unless players start doing miraculous plays and the unthinkable later in the season, then MAYBE being MVP can be up for discussion. As of now, here are the top five players that are constantly being mentioned as an MVP candidates:

1. Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks 

What can Luka Dončić not do? He’s Luka Magic, Luka The Don for a reason. He puts on a show. Normally when a legend like Dirk Nowitzki retires from their team, the team is expected to struggle and not have a good first season post superstar. This is not the case with the Dallas Mavericks. Dončić has been a key reason for the Mav’s success this season and has carried the team to the number three spot in the Western Conference. The 20 year old averages 30.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game. The young Dallas star was recently announced as the Kia NBA Western Conference Player of the Month for games played in October/November. If that was not enough, Dončić surpassed NBA’s GOAT Michael Jordan and is the only player in the NBA to hit 20 plus points, 5 or more rebounds, and 5 or more assists in 19 straight games. Dončić has hit a lot of career highs this season and has broken a lot of records for the NBA and for the Mavericks, which is why he is sitting in at number one for most valuable player for this season. 

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks  

Giannis Antetokounmpo went from a questionable 15th pick in 2013, to possibly receiving a second MVP trophy. Antetokounmpo was named Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for October/November. Currently the Greek freak is averaging 30.8 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game which is even better than the stats he had last season when he won MVP.  This three time All Star is a monster on offense and defense; not to mention he has some of the most insane dunks this season. If Antetokounmpo were to win most valuable player back to back, it would be well deserved. 

3. James Harden, Houston Rockets 

James Harden currently has the most points this season totaling 846 points thus far. Harden is averaging 38.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game. He is arguably one of the greatest offensive players in the NBA right now, with everything from a deadly step-back three to the Eurostep in his arsenal, it seems the only way to stop him is to foul him.The last time Harden won MVP was for the 2017-2018 season, but he may soon add to his collection.  

4. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers 

LeBron James is currently averaging 25.6 points per game, 7 rebounds, and 10.7 assists. James has been playing in the NBA for 16 years and has a plethora of achievements, including winning MVP three times once in 2012, 2013, and 2016 being the last one so he is due for another MVP. The 15-time All Star is one of the best defenders in the NBA a has lead the Lakers to the number one spot in the Western Conference. 

5.  Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors 

Pascal Siakam is averaging 25.0 points per game, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. Last season Siakam won Most Improved Player and now he is consistently being included as a potential MVP candidate. He has become a very reliable player for Toronto and someone to keep an eye on this season especially now that he does not have Kawhi Leanard by his side. 

Who is on your top 5 MVP list? Let us know in the comments below!

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