Less than a week has passed since the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA Championship. Tomorrow night, the 30 teams will participate in the NBA Draft. We still have about two weeks until free agency really fires up on June 30. And still, so much has already happened.
Some superstars will certainly have new homes come next season. On the DK Sportsbook, you can now place your bets on which player you think will be the 2020 NBA MVP.
2020 NBA MVP Odds
– Giannis Antetokounmpo: +325
– LeBron James: +500
– Kawhi Leonard: +600
– Anthony Davis: +750
– James Harden: +750
– Stephen Curry: +1100
– Paul George: +1100
– Damian Lillard: +1400
– Joel Embiid: +1700
– Russell Westbrook: +1800
Note: All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook
I know, we’re probably getting a little ahead of ourselves here. This season’s MVP won’t even be announced until June 24. And while so much uncertainty swirls around some stars and where they’ll play, we’ll try to make sense of these odds.
The 2019 NBA MVP will be awarded to one of three players: Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden or Paul George. Harden led the league in scoring for the second straight year, but the Greek Freak is the favorite. That trend will continue for the 2020 MVP race, as Giannis (+325) emerges as the clear frontrunner. The Bucks may lose Khris Middleton, and there’s some strange stuff going on with Chris Paul in Houston, but Antetokounmpo and Harden (+750) are going to be MVP contenders regardless.
We all know what LeBron James (+500) is capable of, especially when he has another superstar alongside him. The trade won’t officially go through until July 6, but Anthony Davis (+750) is set to join the Lakers, immediately making them a Finals contender. When you have two superstars on one team, it can lessen the likelihood of winning the NBA MVP award, as we’ve seen with Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. But if you don’t think LeBron is going to be on a mission coming off of a struggle of a season and edging closer to his 35th birthday, then you may be in for a rude awakening. James will be looking to tie Michael Jordan at five NBA MVP trophies.
Not far behind is Curry (+1100) with two MVP titles. The Warriors have no plans to stop their NBA Finals appearance streak, but they’ll have to do so without Durant (Achilles) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL) for a majority of the season due to injuries. This opens the door for Steph to have a MVP-worthy season. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him put up similar numbers to his 2015-16 season, in which he was the only unanimously-voted MVP in NBA history.
Right now, there are 65 players who you can place your bets on. Outside of the top 10, you’re definitely stretching. But there are some interesting picks. Kyrie Irving (+5000) seems likely to land in Brooklyn, and he’ll be looking to redeem himself after a poor playoff performance in Boston. The frontrunners for Rookie of the Year, Trae Young (+7000) and Luka Doncic (+12500,) could solidify themselves as stars in the league with another huge season. The NBA has awarded the MVP trophy to two rookies in its long history; Zion Williamson (+9000) could become the third, while Ja Morant (+10000) is a long shot, but definitely note-worthy.
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