The 2022-2023 NBA regular-season continues, as the Los Angeles Lakers bagged a massive victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday. However, the NBA MVP award race is expected to be tight.
MVP means the Most Valuable Player in the NBA, and they have been given the award since the 1955-1966 season.
So far in the National Basketball Association this season. There are some players who are most likely to win the award due to their all-around statistics.
Denver Nuggets are currently in 1st place in the Western Conference table, with 48 wins and 24 defeats in 72 appearances.
Also, the Milwaukee Bucks are leading the Eastern Conference table, having played 71 matches so far, with 51 wins and 20 losses.
Many basketball players have been making headlines since the beginning of the season. Which means, they are most likely to win the award in 2023.
Austin Reaves single-handedly rescued the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, giving them a victory over the Orlando Magic.
The 24-year-old American basketball player got “MVP Chants” after his unbelievable display against the Magic.
Austin Reaves had 35 points on Monday, with 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Of course, the Los Angeles Lakers guard stepped up in the game.
Nevertheless, the 24-year-old baller cannot really win the NBA MVP award after his masterclass in just one game.
Speaking of the National Basketball Association award, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo asked questions on the criteria to win the prize.
“Is it the guy who’s the most efficient?, is the guy who is the most dominant?, is the guy who is the most valuable?.”
Of course, Giannis Antetokounmpo has won the award twice in the NBA. He was awarded it in 2020 and 2019, winning it back-to-back.
However, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets won the award the last two regular seasons, also win it back-to-back in 2021 and 2022.
Frankly, Austin Reaves may fortunately find himself on the nomination list, that’s if he continues his incredible stats for the Lakers.
It’s going to be difficult for the NBA to decide their MVP as regards the 2022-2023 regular campaign.
Because many players have been making waves in the world of basketball, helping their team’s performances in every game.
Here are the 3 players who could win the NBA MVP award in 2022-2023
Joel Embiid – Philadelphia 76ers
The 29-year-old Cameroonian international keeps making headlines in the NBA. Without a doubt, he looks like the number one choice to win the award this campaign.
Philadelphia 76ers all-around statistics this campaign revolve around Joel Embiid. The Cameroonian is literally the heart of the team.
So far in 2022-2023, the basketball pro has had more than 30 points in his previous 9 games in the NBA.
Joel Embiid stats in 2022-2023 for Philadelphia 76ers so far
33.5 points per game
8.4 defensive rebounds
Obviously, the National Basketball Association wouldn’t want to ignore Joel’s stats this campaign.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks
The Greece basketball player is familiar with winning the NBA MVP award, having won it in 2019 and 2020.
He has been one of the most consistent players for the Milwaukee Bucks, always looking out for the team and helping their performances.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is another player, who has pulled off enough masterclass performances to win the prize.
The Greece international is averaging more than 20 points in each game, based on his previous 8 appearances.
Giannis Antetokounmpo stats for Milwaukee Bucks so far this campaign
31.3 points per game
9.6 defensive rebounds
2.3 offensive rebounds
Nevertheless, he’s expected to step up his game, if he really wants to outweigh Joel Embiid to win the MVP prize.
Nikola Jokic – Denver Nuggets
The Serbian NBA player may win the award for three consecutive seasons, because he’s currently on fire in this regular season.
The player won and claimed the prize in 2021 and 2022. Interestingly, he has been making headlines for Denver Nuggets so far.
The Nuggets are able to be in first place in the Western Conference table, because of Nikola Jokic. Always looks out for the squad.
Statistically, the Serbian had more than seven assists in each of his outings in March. In all fairness, he obviously deserves the award.
Nikola Jokic stats for Denver Nuggets so far in 2022-2023
24.8 points per game
9.5 defensive rebounds
2.4 offensive rebounds