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FutureStarrA Nba Mvp Race
The 2019 mvp race has had a lot of twists and turns, including a shockingly strong possibility of a four way tie. Along with our colleague at Forbes, Jordan Malloy, we’re taking a deep dive into the contenders to see who has what it takes to win the coveted prize.
The Nets are 2-2 since the last Kia Race to the MVP Ladder dropped, but Durant has maintained his incredible production, racking up at least 27 points in four consecutive games before sitting out Thursday for some much-needed rest for the team’s loss to Oklahoma City (Brooklyn was playing its fourth game in five nights). Durant is No. 2 in the NBA (behind Toronto’s Fred VanVleet) in minutes per game (37.2) and he’s tied with LeBron James for the longest active streak of games with 25 points or more (12). Durant poured in 17 of his 27 points in Wednesday’s win over the Bulls in the third quarter. Strong.
He’s scored 30 points or more in eight consecutive games, which ranks as the most by a 76er since Allen Iverson in the 1999-2000 season. Interestingly, Embiid has scored exactly 31 points in five consecutive games. The team’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday snapped a seven-game winning streak as Philadelphia fell for the first time since Dec. 23. When the latest NBA All-Star fan voting returns came in Thursday, Embiid was sitting at third among the frontcourt players of the Eastern Conference. Inside the NBA’s Charles Barkley believes there’s “nobody in the world playing better basketball” right now than Embiid. (Source: www.nba.com)
Nuggets coach Michael Malone wasn’t wrong about Jokic on Tuesday after Denver’s loss to the Clippers in saying, “I think he is one of the more disrespected reigning MVPs that I can think of in terms of attention. If you open up the dictionary, look up the word consistency, there’s going to be a picture of Nikola there.” Perhaps so. The fact Jokic continues to produce without Jamal Murry, Michael Porter Jr. and P.J. Dozier is even more impressive as Denver is two games over .500. Jokic’s current numbers are close to his MVP season, when he averaged 26.4 points on 56.6% shooting to go with 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists. Jokic was still dropping dimes in Thursday’s win over Portland.
DeRozan and the Bulls caught a buzzsaw Wednesday when the Brooklyn Nets came to town, and Chicago is now 2-2 since the last edition of Kia Race to the MVP Ladder. DeRozan produced 19 points on 9 of 16 from the floor against the Nets, and the Bulls are just 3-4 this season when he finishes with fewer 20 points. Since running off a nine-game winning streak, the Bulls have lost two of their last three. But Chicago faces a struggling Curry and the Golden State Warriors playing the second leg of a back-to-back on Friday at the United Center (7:30 ET, ESPN). (Source: www.nba.com)