How Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic can enter the MVP conversation: 2. Get help
LeBron James and Joel Embiid raced out as the frontrunners for 2021 NBA MVP. They were both putting up incredible numbers and leading their teams to the top records in the league. Both suffered injuries that caused them to miss significant time. The Lakers have faded in the standings, and Philadelphia is not playing at the same level. The extended absences have crushed their MVP cases as well.
Nobody should root for a player to get hurt, but Luka will need help to make his way back into the MVP race. Nikola Jokic is the favorite at the moment with James Harden and Damian Lillard close behind, according to Kia Race to the MVP Ladder. Doncic needs Jokic to underperform down the stretch. Harden could be eliminated if Kevin Durant comes back healthy and lights it up, but expect Lillard to be in the hunt until the bitter end.
Luka needs help from his teammates too. They must assist him in getting every possible stat if the Mavericks want him to be in the MVP conversation.
There will be a new Most Valuable Player this season. Giannis Antetokounmpo has won two straight, but his playoff struggles will likely keep voters from selecting him for a third. LeBron and Harden are the only other players in the running that have previously won the award.
Luka must stand out above the potential first-time winners. He has a narrative as the Mavericks superstar could become the youngest MVP in NBA history if he wins this season. He will need others to falter to make it happen.
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