NBA MVP Race Shake Up

The NBA MVP race has seen a major shakeup in this past week. With the frontrunner for the award the first three months of the season missing an extended period of time in Joel Embiid, he has mathematically been eliminated for the award. This is due to the new 65-game rule where players need to play at least 65 games in the regular season now to be considered for any award at the end of the year.

So who is now the frontrunner and could be considered a serious contender to win the MVP?

Nikola Jokic

The two-time-MVP winner is yet again the favorite to win it this year. His team, the Denver Nuggets, is expected to finish in the top three in the Western Conference and yet again Jokic is averaging close to a triple double. He is at the top right now but there are games where he doesn’t play a ton and his stats suffer.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

In the case that Jokic has his stats slip a little bit, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will have the best chance here to win, especially if the Oklahoma City Thunder can secure a top two spot in the West. He is third in the league in scoring and the best player on one of the best teams in the NBA.

Sleepers

Luka Doncic has a chance to lead the NBA in scoring but his team struggling hurts him here. If the Dallas Mavericks can climb the standings and Luka can keep this up, he should be considered. Another player who could get his name in the conversation is Kawhi Leonard who has done everything for the Los Angeles Clippers this year. His stats aren’t as impressive as others but the Clippers could end the year with the best record in the league behind him.

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