As many of you know, it’s the NBA offseason, and NFL offseason, and all international soccer tournaments are over. Well now, what do I do as an NBA fan? Well, predict the season of course! So let’s start off with the biggest award of the season.
Who can win MVP?
When we think of MVP candidates, most minds likely go to a top player in the NBA who is on a good team. While this normally works, it is still hard to predict who is going to win it all, especially since unknown factors like injuries and trades happen. So even with the two candidates I have, there is still a good chance that neither win MVP.
Candidate 1: Giannis Antetokoumpo
The 2019 MVP has a great chance of repeating again. He still has most of the roster around him that he had last year. While the loss of Malcolm Brogden is pretty bad, it shouldn’t matter too much for Giannis. The Eastern Conference is set up perfectly for Giannis to run the show again in the regular season. The 2019 MVP is more likely to do what he did last season again, or do even better. There isn’t much competition for Giannis in the East, so the Bucks will probably end up as the 1st seed again. All this makes for a possible part two that Giannis will get MVP honors again. Unfortunately, he has massive competition out West.
Predicted statline: 28-32 PPG, 6-7 AST, 12-14 REB.
Candidate 2: Steph Curry
Do you guys remember what happened last time Steph Curry had an entire regular season without Kevin Durant? Oh yeah, he just averaged 30 points a night on 50/45/90. Oh, and led the Warriors to 73-9. Nothing too much. Anyway, the stars have aligned perfectly for Curry to remind the world just how good he is. With Durant gone and DeAngelo Russell not being as reliable as Klay Thompson, Curry is going to carry the offensive load for the Warriors and isn’t going to disappoint. I think that he’s going to have a repeat of his 2016 campaign, but with more losses. Curry is my 2020 MVP pick, and as long as he can lead the Warriors to wins (top 4 seed) then he’ll practically be a lock for MVP.
Predicted Statline: 30-35 PPG, 5-7 AST, 2 Steals
Who do you think will be MVP?
By Hugo Vazquez, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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