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NBA Power Rankings: 5 MVP favorites for the 2020-21 season

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Modified 21 Dec 2020
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#3 Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors v Sacramento Kings
Golden State Warriors v Sacramento Kings

He missed almost all of last season and Stephen Curry's injury was a massive blow for the Golden State Warriors. The point guard comes into this year fully fit. What's more, he has a franchise on his back who are again without fellow 'Splash bro' Klay Thompson.

Curry may have to be at his all-time best this year if the young Warriors roster have any chance of making the playoffs, let alone getting home court advantage. Curry is no stranger to the MVP award and this is why his name comes into our NBA Power Rankings.

The 32-year-old is one of the most gifted shooters the league has ever seen. Curry has won the MVP award twice due to his serial scoring ability and was the unanimous winner of the trophy in 2016. That year, he led the league in both points (30), and steals (2.1 per game). If he can replicate this form going into the 2020-21 season, there is no reason the guard can't win again.

#4 Kevin Durant

Washington Wizards v Brooklyn Nets
Washington Wizards v Brooklyn Nets

Former teammate of Curry's and ready to face his old team on NBA opening night, Kevin Durant comes into our NBA Power Rankings at fourth position in the MVP race. The small forward spent last season on the sidelines with his new franchise, the Brooklyn Nets. Having had an 18-month hiatus from the game, Durant is ready to return in what is a roster tipped to succeed at the top of the East.

Durant won the MVP award in 2014 having averaged 32 points that season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. With the Golden State Warriors, the 32-year-old won 2 NBA Finals MVP trophies and is no stranger to coming up clutch when his team needs him most.

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Durant's all-round ability is what sets him apart from those who attempt to mark him. At 6"10', Durant has the handles of a point guard, deadly shooting ability and ability to consistently grab rebounds, making him a strong favorite for the MVP award this season.

#5 Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks v Los Angeles Lakers
Milwaukee Bucks v Los Angeles Lakers

Taking up the final position in our NBA Power Rankings for MVP is the man who has dominated the league and the award for the last two years. Among the majority of Free Agency rumors this offseason, Giannis Antetokounmpo finally renewed his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks last week.

The franchise had made its best efforts this offseason to please the Greek which was ultimately enough for him to make the decision. Giannis averaged 29.5 points last season and was a bully in the post, grabbing 13.6 boards. His length and athleticism makes him deadly on the fast break, and with a stronger roster around him could see him take home the MVP award for the third time in a row.

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Published 21 Dec 2020, 23:19 IST
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