NBA Roundtable: Who Will Be This Year’s MVP?

By Kohl Rast
CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 30: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs wait for a rebound during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on January 30, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Spurs 117-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 30: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs wait for a rebound during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on January 30, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Spurs 117-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Milwaukee, WI – NOVEMBER 19: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks the ball against Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during a game on November 19, 2016 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
Milwaukee, WI – NOVEMBER 19: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks the ball against Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during a game on November 19, 2016 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo

“Before the injury last year, Durant was putting up big time numbers despite being surrounded by the best supporting cast in the league. This is Durant’s team and the Warriors will finish as the top seed in the West again. He continues to ride his wave of excellence and takes the MVP award.” –Isaac Harris

“The MVP award is often given to the best storyline, not the actual most valuable player. That being said, I think everyone wants Giannis Antetekounmpo to play out of his mind and snap the MVP. Playing in the weak eastern conference should boost the Greek Freak’s numbers to crazy levels. Kobe’s challenge will be met.” –Sam Casey

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There are a lot of candidates for the NBA MVP this season, but it looks like the top choices may be a lot different than last year. Although Russell Westbrook and James Harden will have a chance to return to the MVP ballot, the new superstar on each team makes things a little different. That being said, we will just have to wait and see.

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