The MVP, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Joel or Giannis?

Joel Embiid lost out on the MVP last season due to injuries. The Sixers big man has been on a tear recently and is the favourite to win it this season. The question is can he stay healthy enough to win it?

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For those that follow the NBA, it is apparent that this season is one of the best we have ever seen. There are around 10 teams in contention for the title and the East that has been weak for so long has risen to potentially be the better conference.

The battle for the 1 seed itself is extremely entertaining with 3 teams battling it out in the West and a battle royale in the East with 6 teams currently battling it out with a lurking Nets team that will be in the running as soon as Harden and Durant get back. With all the storylines and excitement surrounding the league, one of the topics of discussion has been the MVP of the league.

The start of the season heralded the rise of the Warriors back into a legitimate contender and the Nets dominating the way we expected them to. This in turn resulted in Kevin Durant (KD) and Steph Curry being the favorites for the MVP early on. Soon other players entered the conversation. Giannis began to put up consistent numbers as he usually does and is even scoring at a higher clip than he has any other season. The reigning MVP Nikola Jokic came out to prove that he deserved the award by performing at a similar if not better level as that of his MVP season. While the Lakers have been a sad show to watch, King James has asserted himself as one of the best players in the league in his 19th season and is one of the frontrunners for the MVP due to his monster stats.

After Christmas, with KD getting injured, Steph falling into a slump, the Lakers still being bad, the MVP race has been between Giannis, Jokic, and a new name in the mix, the Philadelphia big man, Joel Embiid. Embiid has made a monster return to the court after his bout of COVID-19 and has flat out dominated the league. The Process has been averaging 29.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. With the drama surrounding Ben Simmons, it has been impressive how Empire has risen to the challenge and made sure that the 76ers are still competitive. A lot of credit to the Head Coach Doc Rivers too. The absence of Simmons has allowed Embiid to play more freely. The team is officially his and with ben Simmons out he has the paint entirely to himself. Despite that Embiid is also making 3’s at a high clip (36.4%) for a big man. Legends like Charles Barkley have declared him the frontrunner to win MVP right now. Now Giannis, Jokic, Steph, KD, and even LeBron ( if the Lakers get better) could have something to say about that but as of right now it looks like it’s Embiid’s league and it looks like the only thing that can stop him is injuries.