Curry in mix for MVP, but don't look for repeat
Predicting the NBA MVP
BOSTON -- Golden State guard and reigning league MVP Stephen Curry will once again be in the mix for the award, but him doing it back-to-back?
There will be some faces that pop in and out of the MVP race throughout the season.
But when the regular season ends, there are a few that, barring an injury, will be among the last standing.
Here’s a look at five likely MVP candidates this season:
5. Stephen Curry, Golden State
He will remain in the discussion because of what he did both individually as well as what the Warriors did as a team. But this year, don’t be surprised if Klay Thompson continues to take some of the shine away from Curry, along with Draymond Green.
4. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
Folks will look at Durant’s strong play this season and point to him being in a contract year as the reason. Wrong! Durant is a proud baller who has heard the whispers -- some loud, some not so loud -- that he’s not the same dominant player. He’s out to prove them wrong and in doing so, re-establish himself as one of the game’s premier players.
3. LeBron James, Cleveland
It’s time that James pumps the brakes a little bit on logging major regular-season minutes. There is no question he will miss some games this season to simply rest his body. But he will play more than enough to remind us all just how talented he is, and how he will remain a fixture among the game’s top players vying for league MVP honors.
2. Anthony Davis, New Orleans
Many see him as the heir apparent to LeBron James as the NBA’s best pound-for-pound player. He’ll get there eventually, I’m sure. But the league MVP award won’t be his this year. Voters place a high premium on numbers as well as letters; specifically W's (wins). Davis and the Pelicans won’t accrue enough to get him this award, but his off-the-charts talents will definitely put him on everyone’s top-five list.
1. James Harden, Houston
On so many levels he was statistically as good as or better than Curry last year, which is at the heart of why he felt he should have won league MVP last season. Look for Harden to have a cold-blooded, assassin-like approach to the season as Houston will once again make a case for being one of the Western Conference’s top teams.