Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, and Stephen Curry are the front-runners to win the 2020-21 MVP award — three players having career years while carrying their respective teams into the playoffs.
But each of them has a totally different perspective on being crowned the league’s best player.
Jokic, leading the Jamal Murray-less 4-seed Nuggets, is a huge favorite (-360) to win. He’s averaging 26.4 points, 11 rebounds, and 8.7 assists on 56.8% shooting and 41.1% from three — all career-highs.
“If it happens it happens, I would rather win the ring than be MVP,” he said. “We’ll see; in a way, I don’t care.”
Embiid (+340) is averaging 30 points on 51.3% shooting and 37.5% from three — both career highs, along with 11.1 rebounds per game. His Sixers are the top team in the East.
“There’s no doubt [I’m MVP],” he told Stadium. “I’ve been dominant all season. I’m not going to stop.”
Then there’s Curry, who’s having a better statistical season than his unanimous MVP season in 2015-16, averaging a league-high 31.1 points on 42.5% shooting from three. Yet he’s a +1700 long shot to win.
“I gotta be [MVP],” he told BasketballNews.com. “I’m probably not going to get it, but whatever.”
The one common denominator: They all want a ring. Who ya got?