NBA Predictions: Who Will Be League MVP?

By Kohl Rast
Oct 18, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots the ball over Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots the ball over Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 18, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots the ball over Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots the ball over Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports /

The NBA season is ready to get underway this evening and people around the league are putting in their last minute predictions. The staff here at The Smoking Cuban wanted to make our own predictions, starting with this year’s league MVP.

The MVP of the NBA is an award that most people in the league never get a real shot at obtaining. In general, it takes more than just being a great player for someone to take home that honor.

For most of the recent awards given, the best player on the best (or one of the best) teams is the easy choice. This does not always mean he is the Most Valuable Player across the league, but rather the one that has pushed his team to new heights.

On rare occasions, one player is so dominant in the league that the voters overlook the team record and everything else, and hand out the award to the most deserving player. This has not been the norm lately, but many expect it to turn that direction again soon.

With all that out of the way, here are the staff predictions for this year’s NBA MVP.

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