John Wall finished seventh in voting for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award this past season after posting the best numbers of his career and leading the Wizards to their most decorated season since the 1970s. Despite that, the sportsbook Bovada sees him slipping a bit in the rankings for this upcoming season.
Bovada released a new round of 2017-18 NBA MVP odds on Tuesday and on it Wall is tied for 12th. His teammate Bradley Beal also makes an appearance, but all the way down at 33rd.
The reasons for why Wall is lower in Bovada's eyes could be numerous. There are a lot of factors that go into an MVP award selection and predicting it. For one, Kevin Durant placed behind Wall in voting for this past season but that was largely due to him missing 20 games because of injury. Giannis Antetokounmpo was after Wall for 2016-17, but is by all accounts a player improving dramatically year-by-year. He could get better, and with arguably less help than Wall, get more credit for his team's success.
One thing that could be taken issue with is the fact both Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are so highly ranked. Davis is ahead of Wall and Cousins is tied with him. Both are very good players, but that shows how bullish Bovada is on the Pelicans' chances this season.
Regardless, 12 seems low for Wall. Here are the full odds:
It's obviously very early to be predicting who will win the MVP award next June, but this sets up a fun debate. There are probably many Wizards fans out there who disagree with the latest odds.
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