2022 NBA MVP Picks: Steph Curry Favored Over Kevin Durant

Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors won back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player awards in 2015 and 2016. Currently, in his 12th season in the NBA, the 33-year-old superstar is the early favorite to take home his third MVP.

Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo follow Curry in the rankings. Durant, who played with Curry on the Golden State Warriors for three seasons — winning two NBA titles during that run — is part of the Brooklyn Nets. Durant has one MVP award to his name. He took home that title in 2014 as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Luke Curry, Durant is 33. The 26-year-old Antetokounmpo, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, won the NBA MVP in 2019 and 2020.

Curry finished third in the voting last season behind the 76ers Joel Embiid and winner Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets.

A panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters selects the NBA MVP. One vote from NBA fans goes toward the selection.

The winner of the NBA MVP award receives the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. Podoloff was the first NBA commissioner. He served from 1946 until he retired in 1963.

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Stephen Curry+200
Kevin Durant+650
Giannis Antetokounmpo+650
Luka Doncic+800
Donovan Mitchell+1200
Joel Embiid+1600
Nikola Jokic+1800
Ja Morant+1800
LeBron James+2000
James Harden+2500
Jason Tatum+2500
Jimmy Butler+2500
Damian Lillard+3300
Anthony Davis+3300
Paul George+3300
LaMelo Ball+3300
Trae Young+4000
Karl-Anthony Towns+4500
Zach Lavine+5000
Devin Booker+5500
Chris Paul+6600
Bradley Beal+6600
Jaylen Brown+6600
Julius Randle+6600
Bam Adebayo+8000
Russell Westbrook+10000
Brandon Ingram+10000

Steph Curry

Curry is the current favorite to win the MVP, but with the Golden State Warriors playing a solid team game (9-1) and with players such as Jordan Poole stepping up their game, Curry’s standing as an MVP contender might drop as the season wears on. However, Curry, who recently put up 50 points in a game, is averaging 27.6 points per game to go along with 6.6 rebounds and 6.6 assists.

If Curry wins the MVP award a third time, he will join Moses Malone, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson in the group of three-time winners.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Bucks are not playing well as a team. They have a 5-6 record and are behind the Bulls and Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division. Despite the club’s rough start, Antetokounmpo is playing well. He is tied with Curry for second in the NBA in points per game, but his rebound total is better at 11.5 per game. Antetokounmpo also averages 5.8 assists per game.

A third win for Antetokounmpo would put him in reach of matching Wilt Chamberlin and LeBron James, who have won the MVP four times. Michael Jordan and Bill Russell have won the award five times and Kareem-Abdul Jabbar is the all-time leader with six MVP awards. Jabbar won three MVP awards with Milwaukee and three more with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Kevin Durant

Durant currently leads the NBA in scoring with 29.5 points per game while adding 8.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Durant’s play has helped a Brooklyn club who might be without Kyrie Irving for the entire season hand near the top of the Atlantic Division. The Nets are currently 7-4 on the season.

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Nikola Jokic

The reigning NBA MVP is not out of the running for a second consecutive title. Jokic is in the top-10 in NBA scoring with 25.4 points per game. Jokic is third in the league in rebounds with 13.6.

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Trent Reinsmith

Trent covers UFC and MMA for MTS. He currently covers MMA for MMA Junkie and Forbes. He has also written for Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively among others. He has been involved with MMA since he and some friends threw some money together to purchase the pay-per-view of UFC 1, and the rest is history.