NBA MVP Race coming down to the wire


Jeff Chiu

Juan Toscano-Anderson pours water on Stephen Curry after a career night.

Carson Woods, Staff Writer

   The 2020-2021 NBA season has been full of exciting games filled with star moments from some of the league’s top players. Many players have taken this season as a chance to make a bigger name for themselves. Star players such as Stephen Curry, Joel Embid and Nikola Jokic have made the most noise in the league this year with their extreme playmaking abilities and clutch shots down the stretch. Jokic and Embid have the chance to be the first center to win the MVP award since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000.

   So far this season, Jokic has been dominating teams with his ability to pass, shoot and make world class plays. Jokic has been one of the most consistent players all year in every category. Jokic is averaging 26.4 points, 11.0 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.4 steals so far this season. The only other player putting up numbers similar to Jokic’s numbers is Russel Westbrook. Many fans around the world expected the Denver Nuggets to drop in the standings after Jokic’s fellow superstar teammate, Jamal Murray, tore his ACL. Instead of losing a few games and dropping to a lower position, the nuggets have won four straight games all powered behind Jokic’s ability to make plays as a center.

   Embiid is in second place in the MVP voting, only a slight ways behind Jokic. Embiid has been on a tear all season averaging 30.1 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 1.4 bpg. Night after night, Embiid is finding ways to put up big numbers and improve Philadelphia’s record. Embiid has been very efficient this year, but if Philadelphia cant continue to win it’s not likely Embiid will win. Embiid did get the stamp of approval from O’neal, the last center to win the MVP award. O’Neal gave the nod to Embiid over Jokic saying, “He’s playing the game like he’s supposed to be playing.”

   Coming in at fifth on the list this week on, is Curry who has had a historic month of April and climbing the list fast. Curry is a former MVP and the only Unanimous MVP winner ever. So far in the month of April, Curry has averaged 38.7 points over 11 games shooting 52.3% from the field and 47.1% from three. Curry has also broken many records in the past month including becoming the Golden State Warriors all time leading scorer. Curry has also broken another record by making 90 threes and counting in the month of April. So far no one has been able to stop Curry and the only thing holding him back from his third MVP is himself.