NBA MVP Ladder: The Expected And The Surprises

NBA MVP Ladder: The Expected And The Surprises

The NBA this season has been a closely contested battle between teams with very little difference in their standings. This is due to the level of performance between superstars who are surprisingly breaking out this season and have a case to be in the MVP conversations.

The Expected

Joel Embiid, who has been averaging 29.8 ppg, 11.1 rpg and 4.4 apg in 48 games played, sits in the top of the MVP Power Rankings. The 76ers have been having a dramatical season with Simmons not playing any of the games and wanting out of the team. Embiid shouldered the responsibility of carrying the Sixers and has been playing out of his mind with his interior presence and guard-like skills with the ball. Now that James Harden has joined the Sixers everyone thought that Joel’s numbers might decrease but till now they play well with each other although it has just been 2 games.

The defending MVP, Nikola Jokic stands in 2nd place with averages of 25.8 ppg, 13.8 rpg and 8 apg in 55 games played. Jokic, like Embiid is carrying the team with both his scoring and his playmaking skills. Jamal Murray’s injury really hurt the team this season, yet the team stands at 6th place in the west. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team make it all the way to the Finals.

The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has recently been named in the NBA’s 75 greatest player of all-time list, continues his stellar performance on the court and he keeps getting better every season. This season Giannis is putting up 29.4 ppg, 11.4 rpg and 6 apg, cementing his reign as the league’s best power forward at the moment. The Bucks are favorite to win the championship this season as well and with the way their star is performing there are no reason to doubt.

The Surprises

DeMar DeRozan is in the 4th position for the MVP and he has a case to be higher considering that he is the leading scorer of the team who is ranked 2nd in the tightly contested east. DeMar has rejuvenated his career, averaging 28.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 5 apg, making the All-Star Team since his playing days with the Raptors, which was 4 years ago. He has become the best mid-range shooter in the league right now and has rightfully earned the name, Mr Fourth Quarter.

Ja Morant is having a breakout season as he is putting up 27.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 6.6 apg in 49 games. The Grizzlies have surprised the league by claiming the 3rd spot in the west mainly due to Ja’s effort as he claimed the ‘superstar’ status. It might be a bit early for him to win MVP this season but the future’s really bright.

The season is almost approaching the climax point and each of the players has a case to make the NBA MVP. But it’s for sure that the ending will be a roller-coaster one.

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