With the NBA season slowly approaching their All-Star break, talk of this season’s MVP is already buzzing. Of course, it can still be a little early to tell and things can change each week. As for now, here are a few contenders deemed "Most Valuable Player".
The Greek Freak
Giannis Antetokounmpo has taken the time to make a true name for himself over the past few years in the in the NBA. He dubbed his nickname the Greek Freak as he was born in Athens, Greece and is a crazy good basketball player. Known for his ability to play as both a forward and guard, he shows that he is a player who can dominate the court from different perspectives. His performance for the Milwaukee Bucks might not have the best track record when it comes to playoff wins, but his stats are out of this world. This season so far he has averaged about 26 points per game and about 70 percent at the free throw line. Yet, is it enough for the MVP title?
James Harden has been quite the dominant player throughout his career. Starting with the Oklahoma City Thunder, he was apart of a power team before power teams were a thing. Later on, he ended up with the Houston Rockets where he became a force to be reckoned with. Whether it was because of the insane amount of three’s he can collect during a game or the fact that he can effortlessly score 36 points (!!!) before halftime, he is definitely putting on a show. Over the years, Harden is always in the talks of being the MVP for the season. Last year, he actually won. Now, can he do it again?
Kawhi Leonard/Yahoo! Sports
Okay, this is not the official nickname for Toronto Raptors Kawhi Leonard, but it’s something his teammate Kyle Lowry gave him. Leonard joined the Raptors this season after quite the controversial trade. However, his reputation has carried weight in the North. Averaging about 27 points per game, he is continuing to make the same strides he made in San Antonio. Like many other front-runners, he has faced the challenge of injury in the past so can he keep up the pace, with or without an injury?
LeBron James is the sheer epitomy of an MVP. Over the years, we have seen that LeBron can help carry an entire team. Don't believe us?! Check out how the last place Cleveland Cavaliers beat the LeBron-less Los Angelas Lakers this season. Therefore, it should be enough to vouch for him being the 2019 MVP. However, we can’t deny the fact that LeBron has faced an injury that has affected him greatly this season. Yet, it would be hard to believe that LeBron would not be able to bounce back and reclaim his MVP status.
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