As the 2019-20 NBA season is a few months from tipping off, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (+300) is already the early favorite to repeat as the league’s MVP this season, according to BetOnline.ag.
Antetokounmpo lead the Milwaukee Bucks to the first seed in the Eastern Conference last season, while posting career highs points per game (27.7), rebounds per game (12.5) and assists per game (5.9).
Trailing Antetokounmpo is Houston’s James Harden (+700), who took home the 2017-18 MVP while finishing as the runner up to the Greek Freak last year. Harden averaged 36.1 points per game in 2018, and is now set to team up with former Thunder teammate, Russell Westbrook.
After losing Kevin Durant in free agency and Klay Thompson to injury, Steph Curry (+500) is poised to be in line for a monster statistical season for Golden State. Currently the third listed favorite, Curry could add a third MVP award to his trophy case after winning back-to-back MVP’s in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Rounding out the top five is reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, and a pair of Los Angeles Lakers in Anthony Davis and LeBron James (+800).
New Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker is listed at +6600 coming off an All-NBA Third Team appearance. Coming off a career year with perhaps the most talented supporting cast around him, Walker could be a dark horse candidate.
Walker’s new teammate Jayson Tatum (+10000) is currently quite the long shot, while former Celtic Kyrie Irving (+3300) is favored over Walker.
Rookie Zion Williamson is (+5000) to win the award.
Only two rookies have won the award: Chamberlain in the 1959–60 season and Wes Unseld in the 1968–69 season.