Winning the Most Valuable Player accolade is one of the highest honors a player can get besides winning the NBA Championship, and even though it would be best to become a Champion, getting that kind of personal recognition just has to be something that every player should look up to.
Over the last couple of seasons, the MVP race has got a bit more interesting, as we were all used to watch LeBron James pretty much take home the award against no opposition before the surge of other stars like Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and James Harden.
Nonetheless, not even these guys are going to last forever, and even considering how durable they’ve all been through their careers so far, at some point the young bloods will dominate the scene and be themselves steady MVP candidates.
Nowadays, some pretty interesting and talented prospects have taken the league for assault, and even though they haven’t been able to lead their teams to the highest levels, their future looks extremely bright. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 young candidates to win the MVP award in the future.
5. Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid seems to be the most talented big man this league has seen in over a decade, proving to be a very willing and committed defender, a good passer that’s very smart to find the open guy, a more than decent rebounder and perhaps the most gifted big man when it comes to offense right now.
Sadly for him, he’s not been able to stay healthy and his team was nowhere near contention, but given the time to blossom and considering he can stay on the court, he’s bound to be a prime MVP candidate on a yearly basis with the young and improved Philadephia 76ers.
4. Devin Booker
Devin Booker is without any kind of doubts a guy that’ll always be featured among the league’s top scorers and he’s a clear frontrunner to be the league’s scoring champion at least one season of his young and promising career.
Booker is the best offensive youngster in the league right now and he can completely torch opposing defenses, so if he manages to improve his defense and take the Phoenix Suns back to the playoffs, he’s going to make a lot of noise in the MVP conversation anytime soon.
3. Kristaps Porzingis
Playing for the New York Knicks will grant you a lot of attention from the media and the fans, and sometimes that could help your case if you want to win an award like this one, but he has to be able to take matters into his own hands and completely turn this disastrous franchise around to do so.
Porzingis has a very complete skill set and he’s already proven to be a top-tier young talent in the Association at both ends of the court, but he really needs to step up this upcoming couple of campaigns with the Knicks tanking. He’s a very talented player and if the team’s front office is able to put a couple of productive veterans besides him, he could take New York to their former glories and take home the MVP with him as well.
2. Karl-Anthony Towns
Everybody expected a lot out of Karl-Anthony Towns right away and even so, he managed to outplay everybody’s expectations, not having a single bad game ever since making his professional debut and becoming the Minnesota Timberwolves leader over veterans and other prospects like Andrew Wiggins.
Towns offensive game is already elite and he’s improving as a rim protector as we speak. Besides, he’s terrific at owning the glass and with the Wolves looking like they’re going to build a legacy and constantly contend in the West, the best player on their team is a lock to win the MVP at some point.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
And our prime candidate to win the MVP very soon (in fact, sooner than every other player on this list) is Giannis Antetokounmpo, a youngster that has improved on every single aspect of his game as seasons go by and that already has that playoffs experience under Jason Kidd’s tutelage.
Giannis can play and guard all 5 spots, can take the ball upcourt, rebound, assist and score in a vast variety of ways, so given a bit more time to develop his game and leading the Bucks to at least a 4th seed will definitely put his name above of the MVP ladder any time soon.