Odds to Win 2019 NBA Most Valuable Player Award
The co-favorites for the National Basketball Association most valuable player in 2019 are easily argued to the podium to accept the award. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks vs James Harden and the Houston Rockets. It isn’t a prerequisite that the award go to a player for a championship team or one that is a playoff contender. However, the two typically go hand-in-hand at the end of the season and the voting takes place.
The Bucks sit atop the Eastern Conference standings and are there behind the stellar season that the 24-year-old Greek Freak has executed.
James Harden has kept the Rockets in the Western Conference postseason mix. Houston rests in the fifth slot of the postseason ladder in the west. Harden and the Rocket are, however, only a game-and-a-half ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers who own the eight spot.
The NBA has been honoring its best players since 1956. St Louis Hawks power forward Bob Pettit won the league’s first MVP trophy.
NBA Futures investors should discard the recent NBA MVP Trends
- Over the last 33 NBA campaigns only two MVP award winners have MVPs have come from a team that finished lower than second in the regular season conference standings
- Only three of the MVP award participants have won the award averaging fewer than 17 points per game.
- While the trend doesn’t apply to the two co-favorites for this season award only four players have won the MVP plaque at 23-years of age or younger.
- Only two players have won the MVP as rookies and both are now Hall of Famers. The two were Wilt Chamberlain (1960) and Wes Unseld (1969).
- Across the last five seasons the MVP award has been won by the league’s leading scorer four times.
Odds to Win 2019 NBA MVP: Beard and Freak 10-11