NBA MVP Rankings Week 2

A full week has come and gone in the NBA with some amazing individual performances. It’s time to update the HoopSpaces MVP Big Board ranking the Top 7 to win this year’s Maurice Podoloff Trophy. You can read the preseason Top 7 candidates as voted on by the HoopSpaces audience here.

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis has the Milwaukee Bucks starting the season strong as the only remaining undefeated team in the NBA (4-0). Dominating in all facets the game, and doing it without Khris Middleton, has Giannis leading the MVP Rankings after week 1.

2. Steph Curry

Steph hasn’t missed a beat since he one the NBA Finals MVP since the Warriors  (3-2) tipped the season off. Well on his way to leading the league in 3pt FGM and possibly a scoring title if he can keep this pace for the whole season. If he were to do that he could also add some more hardware to his impressive collection.

 

3. Nikola Jokic

The back to back reigning NBA MVP is continuing his dominant play that has seen him personal success as the center piece for the Denver Nuggets. If he can continue to produce and elevate the Nuggets as a team we could very well be looking at a potential 3-peat MVP winner that would have Jokic joining Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlin, and Bill Russell in a category of their own.

4. Luka Doncic

Luka is on a tear to open the season with his eyes on leading the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals after losing to the Warriors in the playoffs. Averaging nearly a triple double on an up tempo Mavs team one can see him finish in company of Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson as the only players in the history of the NBA to do so.

5. Pascal Siakim

Siakam has been Toronto’s best player this season by a wide margin, and has taken a step in his offensive game displaying constant 3pt range, and a more developed mid range. He’s been one of the League’s top all around players so far this season contributing in every statistic on both sides of the floor.

6. Ja Morant

The leader of the Memphis Grizzlies has opened the season on fire leading the team to a 4-1 record while adding a new weapon to his offensive repertoire. Morant has introduced his 3pt shot, making more than 2 per game at over 50%. If he has found a consistent stroke from deep he may have opened up a pathway to the top of the MVP Rankings seasons end.

7. Trae Young

The Atlanta Hawks shook up the team in the off-season and acquired Dejounte Murray to team up with Trae Young. After a full week of play the early season results are more than promising. Adding Murray as his wingman has allowed Trae to play off-ball that may propel the Hawks back into the Eastern Conference Finals and Trae Young to the top of the MVP vote.