The 2022 NBA season is almost over with around 20 games remaining for each of the 30 teams. It’s becoming clear for the league’s top brass who will be the best candidates for the coveted Most Valuable Player Award. The recent Power Rankings are giving fans and sports bettors an idea on who will take this year’s top accolade for the regular season.

The Sports Eagle gives you the top five NBA stars in the running for the biggest potential to be called the best player of the season. Check them out here:

DeMar DeRozan

The Chicago Bulls are charging to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with DeMar DeRozan at the helm. His clutch plays are paying off on some of the Bulls’ 39 wins this season. Being in Chicago helped DeRozan to stand out more and demonstrate his elite playmaking skills. Now, all eyes are on him to win that MVP title.

DeRozan is averaging 28.3 points per game this season, making him one of the top scorers in the league. Some fans say it’ll only be a matter of time before DeRozan leads the way to surpassing the Miami Heat in the East.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Just like DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo is also one of the NBA’s leading scorers for the 2022 season. The ace of the reigning champions also has an impressive standing when it comes to rebounds and assists. So, his MVP odds remain high.

Nikola Jokic

Considering the Denver Nuggets’ recent lineups, the 2021 NBA MVP will have to take his team to the postseason by himself. Posting high scoring numbers for a centre at 25.5 points per game this season, Nikola Jokic remains a top contender for an MVP title. Will his dynamism be enough to get him back-to-back MVP awards? Only time will tell.

Joel Embiid

The centres are taking the top spots in the race for the MVP Award with Joel Embiid in the lead. Embiid is also putting in high scoring numbers for the Philadelphia 76ers this season at 29.8 points per game. The recent change in his team’s lineup has only made his MVP contention better with James Harden proving to be a reliable perimeter shooter.

Philadelphia hasn’t had an MVP since Allen Iverson, so if Embiid and Harden work harder to raise the team’s standings before the regular season ends, trust that The Process will raise that MVP trophy up high.

These five stars have brought their team considerable success in the lead up to the All-Star Game and now they are up for a better kind of success as one of them will take home the Maurice Podoloff Trophy.

If you are a sports bettor, look for the best odds on these players in the coming months to be sure of where to place your money. But if you are a casual fan, keep tuned into The Sports Eagle for the latest in the NBA and other sports leagues.

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