The 2023-22 season was somewhat delayed due to COVID-19 with some NBA MVP contenders in the shadows. This can be challenging when it comes to determining the top contenders. Check the NBA power rankings.
As we have done every week since the season began, let's get down to business here. Let's see some NBA Power Ranking, Most Valuable Players (MVP) of the NBA.
NBA Power Ranking, NBA Most Valuable Players (MVP)
8. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
What was the performance of the Greek Freak before being forced to miss matches due to COVID? Giannis helped Milwaukee go 12-3 before being forced to miss five games. This included Giannis averaging 27.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists while shooting 57.
Could he be in line with the possibility of winning for the third time in the MVP award of his NBA career? If his performance the day after Christmas Day (36 points with 12 rebounds and five assists) is any sign, then it could be the case.
7. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Curry's recent struggles appear to have been more of an anomaly as he attempted to break the three-point record. Curry was trying to score 3s before breaking the game record against his team the New York Knicks in early December.
But, the effort of a Warriors team that is 27-6 should not be overlooked. Even with this shooting problem, Curry is still scoring 34.8 points in the last four games. Curry has also been on track to be included in his NBA All-Star defensive first team during his thirteenth season. That is revealing.
6. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
We're not concerned that the Nuggets are 16-16, which is a mediocre mark for the season. This is the result when two All-Star players, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., are ruled out.
In simple terms, the current NBA MVP has done amazing in recent months. He is scoring 26.3 points and 13.9 rebounds and has 79 assists, shooting 54% in the last 15 games. It's stupid.
5. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
Recently ruled out due to the COVID-19 protocol, Durant had been playing for the Nets team with 10 players missing for the past week. Ten. Throughout his last nine games before picking himself up from injury, The Slim Reaper averaged 33.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.0 assists, shooting 48% while averaging over-6.3 per game when playing. This is the definition of an NBA Most Valuable Player candidate.
4. Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns
Rival teams in the Western Conference have to wonder if this guy will ever leave the field. With the Sun's 26-7 record for the season, CP3 has been the main reason. First, the Suns are +138 when they are on the floor in that time.
Additionally, he is a nominee for the elite NBA Defensive Player of the Year with a ranking within the top 10 of the top four advanced statistics. If that weren't enough for you, Paul averages an all-time NBA record scoring 10.0 assists, along with 2.0 steals per game. Yes.
3. DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls
At the age of 32 and playing in his first season in Chicago, DeRozan is enjoying an incredible effort, the best of his career. He's also using his complete game that has helped the Bulls rise to the top of the Eastern Conference standings while hitting impressive numbers.
DeRozan was one of the few Bulls players in the past 25 years to score the fewest 50 points since the fourth in three games. DeRozan has also had a dominant season since his return from COVID averaging 30.8 touchdowns, 3.8 rebounds and providing 63 assists, shooting 55% in four games.
2. Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies
Recovering from injuries and illness with COVID-19 Morant is recovering the same pace that he had left him. The young guard, who is 22 years old, is averaging 23.7 per game, 5.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists while shooting 48% this season.
Morant is coming off a 33-point performance and an impressive win against the Phoenix Suns earlier in the week. With Memphis having a high 21-14 record on the season so far, Morant is considered a contender for the NBA's Most Valuable Player.
1. Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers
Another player currently under NBA health and safety procedures, Allen has been a dominant player in his debut season with the lowly Cavaliers. At 23, Allen has averaged 16.8 points and 10.8 rebounds while shooting 70 percent from the field.
Allen is third in the NBA for defensive win participation and No. 5 in defensive index. It is thriving and moving up the ranks of superstars right in front of us.