Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is a two-time NBA MVP. But Milwaukee Bucks rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo could be next.
Even though Curry took home the honors in 2015 and 2016, splitting the spotlight with Kevin Durant and others on Golden State seems to hurt his chances moving forward. Meanwhile, 22-year-old Antetokounmpo is a more likely candidate for next season, according to the most recent odds.
The current leading candidates are Russell Westbrook (who is the reigning MVP), then Durant, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James and James Harden. All except the injured Durant were in the running last season as well.
With 17/2 odds, Antetokounmpo is the biggest “wild card” among the favorites for next season and he’s confident he’ll be in the running.
Unlike Harden (who will share the court with Chris Paul) and Westbrook (who welcomes Paul George next season), the Milwaukee rising star will have a clear path as the player on his team with the most usage.
Last year, he finished in the top-five among all qualified players in value added. He also became the first player in NBA history to finish in the top-20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.