NFL MVP Watch

Story posted February 13, 2023 in CommRadio, Sports by Jake Irwin

As we cruise our way through the cold month of February with our legs kicked up on the ottoman engulfed in a Snuggie, there is NBA basketball to accompany us. Sticking by our side until the weather outside is less frightful.

And with NBA basketball comes watching the best players in the world make incredible plays that we could only imagine performing ourselves in a game of 2K.

But only a select few of these incredible athletes are worthy of being considered the best of the best. Game changers. Faces of the franchise. Legends. Whatever you want to call them.

For the sake of this article, let’s settle with MVP. And take a look at who could be crowned this season with the illustrious award.

1. Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets

Yet again, Jokić MVP talks are buzzing around. And for very good reason. Jokić is putting up some incredible stats this season.

The reigning MVP is averaging a triple-double per game with 24.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 10.1 assists on the season.

Jokić also leads the NBA with an impressive 19 triple-doubles. And he leads that category at a pretty wide margin. With the second-place holder being Luka Doncic at 10.

Simply put, if Jokić keeps producing at a high level like he has been, expect the Nuggets to be a tough nut to crack in the Western Conference. And for Jokić to secure the MVP hat trick.

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks have been on fire lately. Currently riding on a 10-game winning streak with a potential MVP leading the way.

In the Bucks’ most recent game against the Clippers, Antetokounmpo dropped 35 points with eight rebounds and six assists. Shooting 8-11 from the field.

His lowest point total so far this month has been 24. Outside of that, it’s been mainly 30+ point games with an impressive 54 dropped on the Clippers on Feb. 2. Poor Clippers.

With season averages of 32.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists, the Greek Freak is applying some considerable pressure on Jokić for MVP and the Celtics for the Eastern Conference lead.

3. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

Trivia time. Who is the youngest Celtics player in history to be a four-time NBA All-Star?

If you said Jayson Tatum, pat yourself on the back. If you didn’t, don’t take it too hard on yourself.

The Celtics have had a rich history of phenomenal players. Which is why this feat by Tatum is so impressive. And maybe the reason why you guessed Larry Bird in my trivia question.

With an average of 30.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, Tatum has been no stranger to 30+ point performances. With his most recent display against the Hornets accounting for 41 of the Celtics’ 127 points for win number 40 on the season; an NBA best for the current standings.

There’s some real stark competition for MVP this year, but Tatum is certainly in the mix as he rounds off the top three.

Jake Irwin is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, please email jpi5089@psu.edu.