While each and every athlete playing in the NBA is a star in their own rights, there are only a handful who are in contention for the MVP award. As the playoffs are spotted on the horizon, the race for the NBA’s MVP heats up, and these are the contenders for 2020.
A year in basketball can’t go by without Lebron James being in contention for the MVP award. The legendary player has won it all, and he’s just too good to be kept out of the conversation. James’ 2019-20 NBA season is yet another for the ages as he continues to make triple-doubles for fun. He once again was the team captain for an All-Star team, and the four-time MVP winner is for sure one of the names in the mix for the 2019-20 NBA season.
James Harden may already have one MVP award to his name, but we can bet that one isn’t enough for this Rockets superstar. He is averaging over 38 points per game this season while throwing in 7.5 assists per game for good measure. Those are certainly MVP numbers, but maybe his team’s performance in the standings will hold Harden back this season. The Rockets are enough games back from the Lakers that it would be hard to justify Harden becoming the MVP again this year.
The difference Anthony Davis has made to the Lakers this year is astounding. Everybody already knew what a great player he was when he was with the Pelicans, but now he’s in a championship-contending team, he is shining even brighter. Davis has been integral to everything good the Lakers have done this year, and his versatile game has him in MVP contention. Perhaps the only thing that might stop him from winning is his ability from 3-point range.
It seems as though Luca Doncic is more or less dragging the Mavericks to the playoffs this year. To become an MVP you have to elevate your team to perform at an elite level, and Doncic is certainly helping the Mavs thanks to his all-round game. Doncic is averaging over 29 points per game, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 1 steal, and if he leads the Mavs to Southwest Division champs, he could earn an MVP award. However, it’s hard to ignore this next guy.
The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, has once again been miles ahead of pretty much everyone he shares the basketball court with. The star has helped the Bucks become one of the all-time greatest regular season teams in history, and he’s not done yet. The reigning MVP has his sights set on yet another, but that’s not all. After losing out in the playoffs, we can only imagine Giannis will stop at nothing to push the Bucks over the winning line in the postseason. If we were to put money on it, Antetokounmpo is the favorite for another MVP award.
These players have all been amazing for their franchises, and while they may all deserve recognition, only one can be crowned the MVP.