Only seven players have had the distinction of hoisting the NBA regular-season Most Valuable Player Award over the last decade. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the most recent player to win back-to-back awards, with defending MVP Nikola Jokic looking to repeat this 2021-22 season. However, is Jokic amongst the top players in the running for the award this time around?
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Favorites to Win the 2022 NBA MVP Award
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Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks
- 2022 NBA MVP Odds: +400
For the past two seasons, many fans and bettors alike have been captivated by the electric play from Dallas point guard Luka Doncic. The spellbinding Slovenian saw his numbers slightly dip last season compared to the prior campaign, but the fact that he still averaged 27.7 points, eight rebounds, and 8.6 assists per game, speaks volumes of his all-around versatility for a man of his stature.
Let’s not forget that Doncic played even better this past postseason, averaging over 35 points and 10 dimes per game. If Doncic can sustain that intensity from the 2021 NBA Playoffs all throughout the upcoming regular season, then the MVP title is all but his for the taking.
Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors
- 2022 NBA MVP Odd: +535
It’s hard to believe that Stephen Curry is quietly coming off one of his best seasons in the league considering all his past injuries and that he’s now 33 years old and is a half-decade removed from the last time he won the MVP award. The two-time Maurice Podoloff Trophy winner averaged career-highs of 32 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as virtually the only legitimate scoring threat for the Warriors in 2020-21.
Then again, many players such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have won the award past their prime years. Helping Curry’s cause for his third regular-season MVP hardware is that fellow sharpshooter Klay Thompson is coming back from a lengthy knee injury, and the addition of rookie Jonathan Kuminga adds another scoring dimension to take pressure off of Steph for him to do his magic.
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Kyrie Irving – Brooklyn Nets
- 2022 NBA MVP Odd: +4000
Considering that Kyrie Irving is a key part of a Brooklyn Nets team that’s the consensus favorite to win the NBA title this season (+220), there will be several votes thrown at the seven-time All-Star’s way. The former first-overall pick did just finish last season with his most efficient shooting campaign, making over 50 percent of his field goals for the first time in his career whilst posting healthy averages of 27 points and six assists per game.
On the other hand, Irving’s health will always be an issue. Apart from his frequent run-ins with lower-body injuries, the outspoken guard has yet to be vaccinated and could be in danger of missing all of his home games played in Brooklyn. Not only that, but Irving will also have to share the wealth with two other former MVPs in Kevin Durant and James Harden.
Zion Williamson – New Orleans Pelicans
- 2022 NBA MVP Odd: +4000
Zion Williamson’s improvement from his rookie year to his sophomore season in the NBA is simply outstanding. The Pelicans’ first-overall pick from 2019 decided to forego having a three-pointer in his arsenal, played more like a traditional big man, and saw his numbers drastically improve across the board.
Williamson finished last season with averages of 27 points and 7.2 boards per game whilst shooting a staggering 66.1 percent from the field. If the 21-year-old from Duke can improve on his rebounding and send New Orleans to its first playoff berth since 2018, he can certainly be a sleeper to win the MVP award this season.
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Nikola Vucevic – Chicago Bulls
- 2022 NBA MVP Odd: +20000
Chicago’s acquisition of Nikola Vucevic last season turned out to be a wise move for the Windy City franchise starving for actual frontcourt depth. Unfortunately, the Bulls were still a couple of steps behind in terms of consistent play compared to their Eastern Conference rivals.
Vucevic has been a double-double machine for most of his NBA career, having career averages of 16.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. The Swiss sensation even averaged over 20 points per contest in three of the last four seasons, and a shockingly fantastic campaign from the Bulls could certainly put Vucevic in the mix for the MVP running.
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