Sports Corner: NBA MVP Race

We have officially reached the mid-way point of the 2023 NBA season. In years past, this milestone has left the league’s Most Valuable Player award voters with one or two frontrunners to choose from. This season has six. 

Typically, three main player archetypes emerge as potential candidates for the league’s most valuable award: the best player on the best team, the most statistically proficient player and the most outstanding player. However, the sheer number of elite players in this year’s race has sparked conflict and debate across the league, with no single frontrunner breaking away from the pack. 

This season, the best player on the best team is – without a doubt – Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics. At the helm of the organization with the best record in the NBA, Tatum fits this “best team” archetype perfectly. Averaging over 30 points per game, eight rebounds and four assists, he also has the statistics to back up his MVP bid. 

Despite Tatum’s elite play and the Celtics’ league-best record, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets represents a compelling second option in the “best team” category. Still, despite his triple-double average and the Nuggets’ position at the top of the Western Conference, Jokic is bound to suffer from some voter fatigue after winning the award in both 2021 and 2022. 

Next, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks presents an undeniably intriguing argument in both the “best statistics” and “most outstanding” category. Averaging a near-triple double of 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, Luka’s monstrous numbers are reminiscent of James Harden’s 2018 MVP season. Still, the Mavericks’ merely average record of 25-23 makes a vote for Doncic difficult. 

Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounpo and Kevin Durant  present tantalizing arguments, each averaging over 30 points per game, while leading their teams to top seeds in their respective conferences. 

Despite the unusual number of players in this year’s race, MVP voters and members of the NBA media have demonstrated an affection for winning players over the years.  

With this in mind, Jayson Tatum and Nikola Jokic seem to present the most compelling arguments for the award. 

As the league approaches its Feb. 9 trade deadline, fans should look forward to some potential changes in the race as teams will look to trade some star players.

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