Opening 2022 NBA Player Futures: Luka Doncic Favored for MVP

  • BetOnline favors Mavericks star Luka Doncic (+450) to win the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2022
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (+700) is a strong bet to win his third-career MVP after winning his first NBA championship
  • Devin Booker (+2000) averaged 27.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the playoffs

With the 2021 NBA Draft and NBA Free Agency in the rear-view mirror, we now have a better idea of how the top teams will look next season. Most contenders have stood pat to this point, but the Lakers have built the oldest basketball club in the league, bringing in Russell Westbrook (32 years old), Carmelo Anthony (37), Dwight Howard (35) and other geriatric bench players to team with 36-year-old LeBron James. 

While LeBron should look young and spry next to those guys, his chances of winning a fifth-career NBA MVP are slim, according to oddsmakers. Let’s check the opening MVP odds and make a few picks. Here’s also where you can find tips and advice for betting on basketball.

2021-22 NBA Regular Season MVP

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Luka Doncic+450
Stephen Curry+650
Giannis Antetokounmpo+700
Kevin Durant+750
Joel Embiid+850
LeBron James+900
Damian Lillard+1200
James Harden+1400
Nikola Jokic+1400
Jason Tatum+1600
Russell Westbrook+1600
Trae Young+1600
Devin Booker+2000
Anthony Davis+2800
Zion Williamson+2800
Paul George+3300
Bradley Beal+4000
Donovan Mitchell+4000
Ja Morant+4000
Kawhi Leonard+4000
Kyrie Irving+4000
Khris Middleton+6000
Chris Paul+6600
Jaylen Brown+6600
Jimmy Butler+6600

Luka Doncic opens as the favorite again

After being tabbed as the NBA MVP favorite last offseason, Luka Doncic (+450) ended up finishing sixth on the ballot with near triple-double averages of 27.7 points, eight rebounds and 8.6 assists. The Mavericks did very little in free agency to improve their roster around their 22-year-old superstar, but do have a new coach in Jason Kidd.

Steph Curry (+650) is coming off a magical renaissance season, earning the league scoring title with 32 points per game on 48.2% shooting from the floor. It’s hard to imagine the 33-year-old topping his 2020-21 performance and claiming his third MVP trophy, even if the return of Klay Thompson makes the Warriors a playoff team again. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo (+700) traded in his 2019 and 2020 regular season MVP trophies for a NBA Finals MVP in 2021. The Greek Freak wasn’t even considered for the award last year because voters were bored of writing his name down, but his newfound status as reigning NBA champion adds a fresh wrinkle to his career narrative – and it’s sure to get him more votes.

Kevin Durant (+750) might have won his third NBA championship if his size-18 foot didn’t land on the three-point line at the end of regulation in Game 7 of the Conference Finals versus Milwaukee. Oddsmakers expect the soon-to-be 33-year-old to lead Brooklyn to the NBA Finals next season, but KD’s injury history makes him hard to bet on.

Luka Doncicto win 2022 NBA MVP
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Giannis Antetokounmpoto win 2022 NBA MVP
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NBA MVP Longshots

Damian Lillard (+1200) could still end up on a new team this offseason, but his landing spot is unlikely to help his chances. For instance, if he somehow lands with a contender like the Sixers or Warriors, he’ll be competing for votes with MVP candidates on his own club. On the other hand, Nikola Jokic (+1400) seems undervalued considering he just won the award in 2020-2021 with career-high averages in points (26.4), rebounds (10.8), and assists (8.3).

Trae Young (+1600) and Devin Booker (+2000) stick out as strong longshot bets after their performances in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. The 22-year-old Hawks guard averaged 28.8 points, 9.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds in the postseason, while the Suns sharpshooter carried his team within two wins of their first NBA championship with averages of 27.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.8 assists.

Devin Bookerto win 2022 NBA MVP
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