The quest for the NBA title is well underway as the 2021-22 season heads toward Christmas. However, that’s not the only hardware players are eyeing.
The NBA MVP award is always a hot topic in the basketball world, and it’s never too early to get the conversation rolling.
Nikola Jokic won the MVP last season after a sensational season with the Denver Nuggets. But who will it be this season?
Here is a look at the favorites to win the honor.
Who is the favorite to win the NBA MVP?
The current favorite is someone who is familiar with the MVP trophy.
Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets sits second, while Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who entered the season as the favorite, is currently third.
Here are the players with the highest odds to win the MVP:
Steph Curry +140
Kevin Durant +260
Giannis Antetokounmpo +650
Nikola Jokic +1000
Luka Doncic +2500
Joel Embiid +3000
Jimmy Butler +3300
Trae Young +5000
James Harden +5000
Donovan Mitchell +5000
Paul George +5000
LeBron James +6000
Rudy Gobert +6000
You can find all of the odds for MVP here.
Who are the most recent winners of the MVP?
As previously mentioned, Jokic won the award last season, while Antetokounmpo won it the two years prior.
Here’s a look at some of the most recent winners of the MVP.
2021: Nikola Jokic
2020: Giannis Antetokounmpo
2019: Giannis Antetokounmpo
2018: James Harden
2017: Russell Westbrook
2016: Steph Curry
2015: Steph Curry
2014: Kevin Durant
2013: LeBron James
2012: LeBron James
Who has won the MVP the most in NBA history?
Since the award was created in 1955, there have been a number of multi-time winners of the MVP.
Kareem-Abdul Jabbar has won it the most times, three with the Milwaukee Bucks and three with the Los Angeles Lakers for a total of six.
Both Michael Jordan and Bill Russell have won the award five times. Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James each have taken home the trophy four times in their careers.
Three players have been awarded the MVP three times -- Moses Malone, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. There are a total of six players who have won the award twice, which includes Antetokounmpo, Curry, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, Bob Pettit and Karl Malone.
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