Last NBA season we saw an unexpected MVP winner.
Nikola Jokic was not considered a legitimate contender to win the MVP title last season.
However, that is exactly what he did.
It was unprecedented to say the least, but still well deserved.
Can we see a similar situation this coming season?
The NBA MVP tends to be favored early on.
The media clings to a few contestants and their intrigues even before the season begins.
Unless something drastically happens to that player, we see the same names, at the start, come to the end.
There is still a chance that someone from the outside looking inward will find a way into the race.
Here are the top two surprised contenders for the MVP title this season.
2. James Harden
James Harden is a former MVP winner and has finished in the top three on four other occasions.
He has been a statistical machine during his career.
From 2000 to today, the Leaders in 40-point matches
1. Kobe Bryant – 122
2. James Harden – 101
3. Allen Iverson – 69
4. LeBron James – 66
5. Kevin Durant – 58
6. Russell Westbrook – 50
7. Stephen Curry – 49
8. Tracy McGrady – 45
9. Damien Lillard – 39
10. Anthony Davis – 36
– DEEP3 (@DomFlournoyNBA) September 13, 2021
Man can set up 50-point double triples with ease.
He should be seen as an obvious MVP candidate.
However, the situation has changed.
He is part of a team where Kevin Durant is the best player on the team and will demand MVP consideration.
He is also 32 years old.
The way for him to win the MVP is for Durant to take some time out, which might be the best option for the Brooklyn Nets.
Harden may be getting old, but he’s generally been a workaholic in the NBA.
His numbers could drop a bit, but will still be at the top of the league in several categories.
The MVP award should be awarded to the best player each year.
Harden tends to display numbers that put him in this conversation.
1. Anthony Davis
The biggest problem with Anthony Davis and his career has nothing to do with talent.
Everything revolves around his health.
Healthy Anthony Davis was different. ?? pic.twitter.com/eLD9WMjprz
– Ryan Rueda (@ iDude14) September 16, 2021
Last season was the last example.
Davis was considered a contender for the MVP award last season.
However, injuries have sidelined him for much of the season.
This derailed any chance of him winning the award.
The NBA media were waiting for him to put everything in place for an incredible season.
This still has not happened despite the immense talent he possesses.
This season could be his best chance if he stays healthy.
On paper, this is the best team he has played for.
He must be able to count on others when needed.
The point is, Davis may be the one to get all the fame with aging Russell Westbrook and LeBron James.
Rest is a very big key for the Lakers this season and their quest for a title.
Davis might need it a few nights, but this should be the year he puts it all together and pursues the MVP.
Last season was meant to be the year he took the next step towards the MVP award.
However, this may be the year he finally puts it all together.