2018-19 was the year of the Greek Freak. After a remarkable season, Giannis Antetokounmpo won the 2019 NBA MVP award and became the fourth different player to win MVP in the last four seasons. With NBA MVP futures odds already released, who are looking to be the top contenders to dethrone Giannis as the league’s top dog? With odds on everyone from LeBron James and Steph Curry to James Harden and Kawhi Leonard, let’s take a look at the 2020 season’s early NBA MVP betting odds.
2018-19 Stats: 72 G / 27.7 ppg / 12.5 rpg / 5.9 apg / 1.5 bpg / 1.3 stl / 57.8% FG
2019-20 MVP Odds: +270
Joining the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki, Giannis Antetokounmpo became only the fourth international player to ever win NBA MVP after a historic 2018-19 season. Joining the illustrious 25/10/5 club, the Greek Freak finished third in the NBA in scoring (27.7 ppg), averaged the most rebounds of any non-center (12.5 rpg) and was also the NBA’s most efficient player (30.95 PER).
The Bucks held the East’s best record a year ago and could very well be the conference’s top regular season team for the second season in a row, only further boosting Antetokounmpo’s chances of winning MVP for a second straight year. He turns 25 in December and it’s truly scary to think that he’s nowhere near his potential.
Winning the NBA MVP in back-to-back years has been a rather common occurrence in the 2000s, with Tim Duncan (02-03), Steve Nash (05-06), Steph Curry (15-16) and LeBron James twice (09-10, 12-13) going back-to-back since 2000. With a unicorn skillset and a killer instinct to dominate every game, there’s a good reason why Giannis is the odds-on favorite to repeat in an award that he projects to win many times in his career.
Click ahead to see what MVP betting odds guys like James Harden, LeBron James, Steph Curry and Kawhi Leonard have for 2019-20.
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