With the 2020-21 NBA regular season almost complete and the odds to win this season’s MVP award looming large, it’s time for some fun-filled analysis on why Phoenix Suns future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul is this season’s MVP – even if he isn’t going to officially claim the award. Let’s jump right into action so you can continue making your bets against their NBA Regular Season MVP odds.
NBA Betting Predictions – Why CP3 is the Real MVP
Odds to Win 2021 NBA MVP
- Nikola Jokic -1500
- Joel Embiid +900
- Stephen Curry +2000
- Giannis Antetokounmpo +2000
- Chris Paul +4000
- LeBron James +4000
- Luka Doncic +5000
- Damian Lillard +5000
- James Harden +5000
- Russell Westbrook +6600
- Julius Randle +12500
Analysis: Nikola Jokic is the prohibitive favorite and likely sure-fire winner of this season’s MVP award. The Serbian is putting up 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Denver is in fourth place in the loaded Western Conference and has managed to keep winning games without star guard Jamal Murray.
Joel Embiid is third in scoring (29.2 PPG) and adds 11.0 rebounds per game. The all-star big man has been an unstoppable force all season long, but with the oft-injured big man missing nearly 30 games of action, he’s no longer one of the top picks to win this season’s MVP award.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.2 points, 11.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game and those are definitely MVP-like numbers. The fact of the matter though is that the Greek Freak has won two straight MVPs and won’t win this year because of Milwaukee’s past postseason failures. Better luck next year.
If I had to pick a player out of this quartet, it would be the inimitable Steph Curry. The Golden State Warriors future Hall of Famer is averaging a league-high 31.9 points per game while dishing out 5.7 assists and grabbing 5.5 boards per game. Sure, the Golden State Warriors are mediocre at best as they sit in eighth place in the Western Conference, but just think how bad the Dubs would be without Curry. For me, Chef Curry is definitely MVP worthy.
Middle of the Pack Contenders
Analysis: LeBron James is averaging 25.0 points, 7.9 rebound and 7.8 assists per game this season, but he’s only suited up in 43 games because of injuries. James is always an MVP contender, but he’s not winning. Luka Doncic is averaging 28.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game and those are definitely MVP-worthy. Dallas is in fifth place in the Western Conference, but it’s not Doncic’s fault if you ask me. The do-it-all Slovenian superstar needs help – and Kristaps Porzingis isn’t giving it to him at all.
Sorry Charlie, Not Gonna’ Happen
Analysis: James Harden is putting up 25.2 points, 10.9 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game, but he’s only played in 42 games this season. Harden was getting major MVP consideration at the time he was injured and Brooklyn has suffered without the Beard. Still, injuries will keep the 2017-18 MVP winner from winning his second.
Russell Wilson is averaging 22.0 points, 11.6 rebounds and 11.5 assists per game, but the 2016-17 NBA MVP winner isn’t going to win this season’s award because – until recently – Washington was one of the worst teams in the league. The Wizards are sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings and that’s not nearly good enough for Westbrook – or superstar teammate – Bradley Beal – to win this season’s MVP award.
CP3 Is the Real MVP
Chris Paul is averaging 16.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game. While those numbers don’t jump off the page as MVP caliber, CP3 has been at the center of a complete transformation for the Phoenix Suns this season. Paul has guided his young Suns teammates to a stunning 48-20 mark that has them currently sitting in second place in the powerful Western Conference.
Phoenix ranks ninth in scoring (114.8 ppg), second in field goal shooting percentage (28.9%) and ninth in three-point shooting (37.5%). More importantly, it is Paul’s play making ability that has helped his teammate get shots in great shooting areas, hence, their high shooting percentages. Equally important is the fact that Paul’s savvy leadership has helped his young teammates gain confidence and valuable experience about what it takes to be a consistent NBA performer. I don’t care what anyone says. for me Chris Paul is the unequivocal MVP this season – even if the smart money is on Jokic.
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