TOP THREE CURRENT NBA MVP CANDIDATES
Article written by Dylan Devine (3/14/21)
1) Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
One and two was a real close toss up for me. But I am putting Embiid as my number one candidate. He is the perfect MVP candidate in every way. Embiid is averaging 29.9 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 3.3 APG, and 1.4 BPG. He is arguably the biggest reason why the 76ers currently have the best record in the eastern conference (26-12) which is also second best in the league. Embiid is also a candidate for defensive player of the year which gives even more reason for him to be MVP. He is currently out with a leg injury with no timetable for a return, but if the season ended today he would be MVP.
2) Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
Jokic has without a doubt been the best individual player so far this season. He is currently averaging 27.1 PPG, 11.1 RPG, and 8.6 APG which has him ranked at ninth in the league for PPG, tenth in RPG, and sixth in APG. His field goal percentage is at 56.6% which is phenomenal. Along with a three point percentage of 41.1%, Jokic it putting up great stats. One issue with the possibility of Jokic winning MVP is that the award heavily relies on team success and the Nuggets are somewhat struggling sitting at fifth place in the western conference with a record of 22-15. Denver doesn’t have an incredibly difficult schedule for the remainder of the season, so if they can bounce back Jokic may become the frontrunner.
3) James Harden (Brooklyn Nets)
If you would’ve told me two years ago that Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden would all be playing together in Brooklyn I would’ve thought you were insane. After basically demanding a trade from Houston, Harden got his wish granted and was traded to Brooklyn in January. This big three in Brooklyn is definitely working thus far. They are currently my pick to win the chip this season. Harden is averaging 25.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG, and is first in the league for APG averaging 11.0. He has put up 20+ points in every game he has played since February 19th and has had nine triple doubles since joining Brooklyn. There is no denying Harden is Brooklyn’s most valuable piece so far this season.
Three honorable mentions
LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)