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James Harden of the Houston Rockets won the MVP award on Monday Night for the 2017-2018 NBA Season. He won the MVP award for the first time in his NBA career. Harden could arguably be the MVP for the last three out of four seasons.
It is never too early to talk about who could win the NBA MVP award for next season. Who could possibly be some of the favorites to win the NBA MVP award in 2018-2019?
The first player that comes to mind is Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Even though he could potentially leave Cleveland, Lebron always has to be considered. He could win the MVP award every year, but it doesn't work like that. When Lebron James misses games, his teams usually don't win. He played in all 82 games for the first time in his NBA career. James averaged 27.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 9.1 APG, 0.9 BPG, and 1.4 SPG.
The second player that comes to mind is James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Harden deserved the MVP award this season. He was long overdue to win the award. Harden is one of the best facilitators and shooters in the game. He is also getting better on the defensive end of the floor. Harden averaged 30.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 8.8 APG, 0.7 BPG, and 1.8 SPG.
The third player that comes to mind is Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis was a beast for New Orleans ever since they lost DeMarcus Cousins to a season ending surgery in January. Anthony Davis led them to a 48-34 record and the number six seed. He was one of the reasons why they swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Davis also stole a game against the Golden State Warriors in the second round. He averaged 28.1 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.3 APG, 2.6 BPG, and 1.5 SPG.
The fourth player that comes to mind is Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard might be the most under appreciated player in the NBA. He is some times forgotten. The Portland Trail Blazers go as far as Lillard takes them. He is also one of the most valuable players in this league. People don't realize how important he is to his team. All the Trail Blazers are is Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and a bunch of very good role players. Portland would not have been the number three seed in the west without him. Damian Lillard averaged 26.9 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.6 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 1.1 SPG.
The fifth player that comes to mind is Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. Antetokounmpo is another player in the league that is really important to his team. Without him, the Milwaukee Bucks would be a lottery team. He does everything well. Antetokounmpo is a good shooter, play maker, and defender. The Bucks underachieved during the 2017-2018 season and it wasn't his fault. Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 26.9 PPG, 10 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.4 BPG, and 1.5 SPG.
The sixth player that comes to mind is Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers. Ben Simmons won rookie of the year for the 2017-2018. He will have the capability next season to take his game to another level. Simmons has all the tools to be the best player in the league one day. He was one of the reasons why the Philadelphia 76ers won 52 games during the regular season and claimed the number three seed in the eastern conference. Simmons makes players better around him and he is an elite defender. If Simmons ever gets going from the outside, he will be impossible to stop. He averaged 15.8 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 8.2 APG, 0.9 BPG, and 1.7 SPG.
The seventh player that comes to mind is Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder. A lot of people find it hard to play with Russell Westbrook. He won the MVP two years ago with averaging a triple-double for the season. Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the second straight season. He averaged 25.4 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 10.3 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.8 SPG. Westbrook may not have Paul George around next season, but he will most likely have Carmelo Anthony around.
The eighth player that comes to mind is Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Towns is becoming one of the best players in the world in a hurry. He was the number one overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Towns is very good in the low post and he could also shoot from mid-range and from downtown. Towns is also a very good defender. He is one of the reasons why the Minnesota Timberwolves made it to the playoffs with a 47-35 record this past season. They made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2003-2004. Even though Minnesota added some key veterans in the offseason to make them better, Karl-Anthony Towns is still their most important and valuable player. He averaged 21.3 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.4 BPG, and 0.8 SPG.
I think that Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans or Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will win the 2018-2019 NBA MVP award, but will see how I feel about it in a couple of months from now before the 2018-2019 season begins.