Top 5 NBA MVP Frontrunners of 2019
As the All-Star weekend comes to a close, the race for MVP reignites. The frontrunners have made their bid, with the following five players looking to battle it out for the most prestigious award in the NBA
28.6 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, 5.1 rebounds per game, 1.2 steals per game
Warriors point guard Steph Curry has had himself yet another world class season. Curry is, of course, leading the league in three pointers made and three pointers attempted this season, shooting an averaging of 5.1-11.5 from 3-point range per game. Curry is shooting 92% from the free throw line, and 48% from the field, proving once again how deadly of a shooter he can be. Curry has led the star-studded Warriors to the top of the Western Conference as he makes his bid for a second MVP award.
27.3 points per game, 13.5 rebounds per game, 3.5 assists per game, 1.9 blocks per game
In only his third season in the NBA, Joel Embiid has his name in the MVP conversation. The big man is sixth in the NBA in scoring, and second in rebounding, and has put the 76ers in position to make a deep postseason run. Embiid gives the 76ers a unique dynamic, with the 7’0, 24 year old being able to physically impose himself when need be, dominating in the rebounding department, as well as scoring efficiently in the paint. Embiid has proven himself to be one of the best scorers in the league, dropping 40+ in four games this season, and scoring 30+ in 24 games. Considering his impact on the court, and the success of his 76ers, Joel Embiid has his name with the frontrunners for the 2019 MVP.
28.7 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game, 4.1 assists per game, 2.3 steals per game
Paul George has had a resurgent season in 2018-19, posting career highs in scoring and rebounding. George is leading the league in steals, and is ranked second in the NBA in scoring, trailing just James Harden. In a season that has seen the most competitive Western Conference in decades, Paul George has separated the OKC Thunder from the rest of the pack, putting them in third place, just 2.0 games back from the Nuggets, and 4.0 games back from the Warriors. With his performance on both sides of the ball, Paul George’s performance this season has him in the top three for the MVP race.
27.2 points per game, 12.7 rebounds per game, 6.0 assists per game, 1.4 blocks per game
In his sixth season in the NBA, Antetokounmpo has his Milwaukee Bucks on top of the league with the best record. The Bucks are 43-14, and have the second highest scoring offense in the NBA. Giannis has been a huge part of this offensive success, leading the league in points scored in the paint. Antetokounmpo is shooting 58% from the field this season, and has been one of the most consistent scorers in the league. Antetokounmpo’s athleticism has put him in a class of his own this year. The 6’11 forward can jump out of the gym, and is ranked sixth in rebounds this season. With his personal success combined with the Bucks team success, Giannis is in the running for the 2018-19 MVP award.
- James Harden
36.6 points per game, 7.7 assists per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, 2.2 steals per game.
James Harden has been scoring at ridiculous rates this season. Harden leads the league in scoring, netting eight more points per game than second place Paul George. After losing center Clint Capela, the Houston Rockets looked like they were in for a long season. Harden took over, and has not stopped scoring since, scoring 30+ points in 31 games, with this streak still in tact as of February 18th. Harden has willed the Rockets into postseason contention, with Houston ranking 5th in the west. With Harden’s historical scoring season, he has put himself at the top of the 2019 MVP frontrunners list, with just 2 months of regular season basketball left.