Neither Giannis, nor Curry nor LeBron: Doncic is the MVP favorite

The Slovenian point guard of the Mavs dominates the first forecasts of the bookmakers for the individual grand prize of the 2020-21 season.

It was not a week since the 2019-20 season ended, with the Lakers' first ring in a decade, and the NBA is already looking to the next, a 2020-21 that for now has no fixed dates and as it will not start before January. A course on which there are also doubts in terms of format and development, depending on how the pandemic evolves, but about which there is already speculation, also the bookmakers. And if the Lakers start as the big favorites to repeat the ring, there is also a first balance of results on the next MVP. And the winner would be, or so American bettors now believe, the Slovenian Luka Doncic. The triumph of the former Real Madrid in the main prize of the season is paid right now at 4 to 1. This is the ranking of applicants for the award for the 2020 season - 21:44 444

Luka Doncic: 4-1

Giannis Antetokounmo: 9-2

Stephen Curry: 5-1

LeBron James: 7-1

Anthony Davis: 7-1

James Harden: 8-1

Kawhi Leonard: 9-1

Kevin Durant: 10-1

Damain Lillard: 15-1

Giannis Antekounmpo, winner of the last two editions (history of European basketball) would be second and would take over from another player from the Old Continent. Third is Stephen Curry, another double winner (2015 and 2016) who barely played last season. First he suffered an ugly wrist injury and finally his Warriors did not have a place among the 22 teams that went to the Florida bubble. After Doncic, Giannis and Curry, the lethal duo of the Lakers appears, a LeBron James who will turn 36 in December and an Anthony Davis who has to negotiate a new contract but no one doubts that he will continue in LA

Then, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and a Kevin Durant who will debut in the Brooklyn Nets jersey after a blank year due to his Achilles tendon injury. And finally and further afield, Damian Lillard, the exceptional point guard of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Because of his meteoric rise and his significance in the Mavericks game, it is not unreasonable to see Doncic as one of the MVP favorites. This past season, still only second in the NBA for him, he debuted as an all-star, entered the Top Quintet and finished fourth in the MVP vote behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James and James Harden. Additionally, he finished third in the Most Improved Player award behind winner Brandon Ingram and Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo.

In his first season, Doncic averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6 assists. And in the second it jumped to 28.8, 9.4 and 8.8. In his first playoffs he shone in a very uneven tie against the Clippers: 31 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists.

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