The preseason is coming to an end and it’s time to start looking at the regular season and what players could stand out during the season. The usual suspects of LeBron James and Kevin Durant are likely to be mentioned in the talks of Most Valuable Player during the course of the year. Heading into the 2013-14 campaign, there are three other players that are favorites to take home the award at season’s end in no specific order.
Carmelo Anthony (NYK) – Melo has established himself as one of the league’s best scorers and will enter this season looking to capture consecutive scoring titles. Anthony is always very valuable to his team because of how he dominates the ball. He must find a way to get his teammates more involved and show that his game has evolved. Last year may have been his best chance to take the MVP away from James. Despite leading an injury riddled New York Knicks team to its first division title in over a decade, he only had one first-place tally in the MVP voting. A repeat performance with a dose of good health can and will keep him in the discussion this year.
Derrick Rose (CHI) – After missing all of last season following knee surgery, Rose should be completely healthy. Rose mentioned that he is the best player in the league and he will have the chance to prove it as early as the season opener against the defending champion Miami Heat and reigning league MVP LeBron James. The former MVP could have been the missing link to the Bulls last season when they played the Heat in the second round of the playoffs. The team knows how valuable he is and need him and his 20-plus points and seven assists on the floor to give the team the boost it needs to get over the hump in 2013-14.
Kevin Durant (OKC) – The Durantula will have no Westbrook early in the season and could cause him to go into beast mode. He is always guaranteed to score points in bunches but will be will be depended upon to contribute more in other categories such as rebounds and assists. Durant has improved each year and with more aggression can take his game to even higher heights. Without Westbrook, it will be Durant’s time to shine and show that he can collect victories while being the undoubted number one option on the team.
Kevin Love (MIN) – Love missed the majority of last year with a hand injury but he won’t let that stop him from making a turnaround in 2013-14. Prior to his injury, he proved to be one of the most effective players in the league as he stuffed the stat sheet top the tune of 20 points and 15 rebounds as recent as 2011-12. Not many people can forget how he took over the league and now must reestablish himself as the All-Star he has been in year’s past. The Minnesota Timberwolves duo of Ricky Rubio to Love will be a favored combination this season and with the latter over his injury, the troubled franchise seems to be headed in the direction of a postseason appearance and a possible MVP selection.
LeBron James (MIA) – The King has won consecutive MVP awards and this year could be no different. The talent around him is the same and he’s very durable. James played out of his mind last year which led to a near unanimous vote for the award. No MVP has ever received all of the first-place votes. James will be playing with an extra edge knowing that a three-peat as NBA Champions is on the line for his team. His game improved drastically last season as he was way more efficient from the field and showed more consistency. This offseason, he worked on his free throw shooting to something new to his arsenal and could make him even more effective. With career averages nearing 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, James will always be mentioned in the MVP conversation.
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