This year’s NBA race is very close and could go any direction, but I want to cut to the chase. The top 3 candidates, and only players with a chance to take home the trophy this year, are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, and James Harden.
Giannis is putting up great numbers: 27.2 points on 58.1% shooting, 12.7 rebounds, and 6 assists. A stat of his that I believe is somewhat over looked is that he is the league leader in win shares with 10.8. This is a metric that estimates the number of wins a player produces for his team, and usually the MVP is somewhere in the top 5 of this category. He is also leading his team with the number one seed in the East and the best record in the NBA, which might be something to boost him over Harden in the end.
Paul George is killing it in the West with 28.9 points on 45.5% shooting, 8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. He is also the leader in steals averaging 2.3. He has helped his team tremendously as they have the 3rd best record in the West. He has also elevated the game of his teammates around him, specifically Russell Westbrook, which is something that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Paul George’s chance at MVP this season will heavily depend on what seed the Thunder earn in the West compared to the Rockets. If they can somehow finish 2nd or 3rd; with the stats George has been producing, he will have a great chance at the MVP.
Now for the the reigning MVP, James Harden. He has been an absolute machine, blowing up the box scores with historic stats. He is averaging 36.5 points on 44.2% shooting, 6.6 rebounds, and 7.7 assists. If you have seen any TNT broadcast this year I am sure you are aware that he has had 32 (and counting) consecutive games with 30 or more points. Lastly, has helped his team to the 5th seed in the West.
This year’s race is dead even at the moment, and with three candidates so qualified on winning teams; it is going to be a tight race all the way to the end.