With the regular season starting on the 25th of this month, I’ve got a few players on my radar fighting for that beloved MVP award. Some may come as no surprise to fans, while others will have them scratching their heads. If last season is any prediction of what I can expect this year, I have a feeling some of you guys will know at least a few of my picks.
Kevin Durant (small forward, Golden State Warriors)
Durant made headlines with quite possibly the greatest contract deal of the off season. I’m not sure how Durant wouldn’t be one of anyone’s top picks for MVP this year being on one of the best teams in the league. It’s proven that great teams will acquire a good player, then make him into a phenomenal player by surrounding him with elite players. I see this happening with Kevin Durant this season. When he’s paired with players like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, there’s no way Durant’s talent will go unseen. I don’t think that Durant’s talent will go overlooked by voters simply for the fact that nobody knows how Durant will play this year. Everyone will be worried about Curry and Thompson, all the while Kevin Durant will be playing his heart out and doing his job. Then, if the Warriors win the NBA Championship this year, it just goes to show that Kevin Durant was that missing piece from last year.
Carmelo Anthony (small forward, New York Knicks)
I think this one comes as a surprise to some. He’s been the league for quite a while, but it seems that this year could finally be his year. He could be that ‘old player’ who upsets a lot of the usual contenders. Anthony is surrounded by players like Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, and Kristaps Porzingis this year. Like the case I previously stated when it came down to Kevin Durant and his team, it seems all the stars have aligned for Carmelo Anthony. He’s one of those players who have been in the league for so long that this just seems to be fate. It’s really just timing for him. He’s never had a better squad than he does now.
Steph Curry (point guard, Golden State Warriors)
What’s not to say about this man? He’s a crowd favorite! Steph Curry has won MVP for the past two years: it almost seems inevitable for him to win it a third year in a row if he has another season like the last. Adding Kevin Durant to the equation is just unfair to all other teams! He’s going to act like a catalyst to Curry. If we thought we saw something phenomenal with Curry scoring 30 points per game last season, we’re in for a treat this year. I don’t think I have to say much more to convince everyone that Steph Curry is one of the top players in the league, and of course an MVP contender this year.
LeBron James (small forward, Cleveland Cavaliers)
Alright, LeBron James is just like Steph Curry in the sense that he’s just as much of a league favorite. He led his team to a championship last season. Come on guys, do I really have to explain this one to you? He’s a force to be reckoned with.
Now, I’ve given you guys just a few of the hopefuls for MVP this coming season. Maybe there will be an upset, maybe it’ll come as no surprise. Either way, it’s for the voters to choose! Let’s get this season underway!