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Contenders For the Regular Season MVP In NBA This Season?

Some of the biggest names in the NBA have got off to an excellent start this season for their respective teams, which makes the race for the regular season MVP very exciting.

Here is a look at who could land the prestigious award at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

Steph Curry Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry is a two-time NBA MVP. He won the award in 2015 and 2016. In the early stages of the latest campaign, the point guard is showing all of his qualities, particularly from the three-point range. The Warriors are 12-2 from their opening 14 games and lead the Western Conference. Curry has twice been the Western Conference Player of the Week through the opening four weeks of the season.

In a victory over Atlanta Hawks at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Curry put up 50 points in the game and recorded 10 assists. He was on the court for 35 minutes in what was the performance of the season so far by any player in the NBA. As of the 18th of November, Curry is the +325 favorite in basketball betting for the MVP. He recently became the league's all-time leader for three-pointers in both the regular season and playoffs, beating the previous best of 3,358 set by Ray Allen. A third MVP would help him join a list of nine players who have won the award three times or more.

Kevin Durrant 2017 and 2018 MVP winner Kevin Durrant is in his second season with the Brooklyn Nets. He played just 35 times last season so Nets fans will be hoping to see more from their star in the 2021/22 campaign. During the offseason, he signed a new four-year extension with the franchise.

Durrant recorded a triple-double in his side's 114-109 success over the Philadelphia 76ers. He put up 29 points in the game, had 15 rebounds and 12 assists. That was the 13th time in his career that he had finished with a triple-double.

The performances from Durrant in the NBA playoffs last season and the ones in the early stages of this new campaign, justify his decision to move on from the Warriors. Both parties were comfortable with that decision. It would be no surprise to see the Nets and Warriors battling it out in the NBA Finals at the end of the post-season. In the league's individual statistics, Durrant leads the NBA in points per game at an average of 28.9. He was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week in the third week of the season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA Championship since 1971 last season. He was named the MVP in the NBA Finals. The 26-year-old is also a two-time regular season MVP, landing the award in 2019 and 2020. The Bucks' power forward put up 47 points in an early season game against the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James was notably missing from that game, but it did not lack a star, as the Greek player lived up to the billing.

Antetokounmpo is equally known for his defensive skills as his offensive play. If he can shine in both phases of the game this season, it could give him the edge over many of his rivals.

Nikola Jokic The defending MVP in the NBA is Nikola Jokic. He became the first center to be voted the winner of this award since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000. The Serbian had a career best point per game average of 26.4. He has also recorded his best figures yet in the NBA in rebounds and assists.

The Joker, as he is nicknamed, will be looking to do what so many greats have done in the sport by defending their MVP title. With many of the league's leading stars in great form in the early stages of the campaign, he may need to play even better than last season to retain his trophy.

Jokic’s stood out in Denver’s 111-101 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He scored 35 points, had 16 rebounds, and assisted his teammates six times. His side have gone 9-5 through their opening 14 games, but those losses are in no way down to Jokic not playing well.

It should be a fascinating season in the NBA and it may be one of the closest yet when it comes to determining the league’s MVP.