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  • Kevin Durant’s odds have surged with Kyrie Irving out due to vaccination status
  • Track the movement over the course of the season for all contenders

We track the odds to win the 2022 NBA MVP award from our most trusted sportsbooks all year long. Check out our regularly updated graphs and tables below to see how the odds of the league’s top players have changed throughout the 2021-22 season.

2022 NBA MVP Odds

  • [October 15] The Nets will not have Kyrie Irving as a team member due to his vaccination status, so Durant’s odds have shortened to an average of +600 – just behind the favorite Doncic
  • [October 5] With Kyrie Irving’s availability in question due to vaccination status, Kevin Durant could have an even heavier workload – as his odds have shortened to +700
  • [September 9] Russell Westbrook’s odds have shortened with him set to have a massive role for the Lakers during the regular season
  • [July 21] The Dallas Mavericks star has once again opened as an MVP favorite, with Joel Embiid and Kevin Durant at odds of +700. Can Giannis win his third MVP in four seasons? Antetokounmpo opens fresh off his title at +800 to win MVP

NBA MVP Top Contenders

Player NBA MVP Odds
Luka Doncic +500
Kevin Durant +650
Giannis Antetokounmpo +700
Joel Embiid +800
Stephen Curry +800
Damian Lillard +1200
LeBron James +1600
Nikola Jokic +1600
James Harden +1800
Trae Young +2100
Jayson Tatum +2400
Anthony Davis +2800
Devin Booker +2800
Donovan Mitchell +3000
Paul George +3600

Odds as of October 15th

NBA MVP Trends to Consider

  • Since 1985, only two MVPs have come from a team that finished worse than second in its conference during the regular season
  • The MVP award has been won by players who were 23 or younger on just four occasions
  • Wilt Chamberlain (1960) and Wes Unseld (1969) are the only players to earn MVP honors as rookies
  • The MVP award has been won by the NBA’s leading scorer four times in the past five years
  • Only three MVPs have ever averaged fewer than 17 points per game. They were Bill Russell (1961, 1963, 1965), Wes Unseld (1969), and Steve Nash (2005)

NBA MVP Award Winners By Position

NBA MVP Trends Based On Position

  • Centers won a whopping 22 of the first 28 NBA MVP awards
  • Guards have won eight of the last 14 NBA MVP awards
  • Michael Jordan personally won five of the eight NBA MVP awards that have been given to shooting guards

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Past 10 NBA MVP Winners

Year Player PPG RPG APG
2021 Nikola Jokic (Nuggets) 26.4 10.8 8.3
2020 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) 29.5 13.6 5.6
2019 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) 27.7 12.5 5.9
2018 James Harden (Rockets) 30.4 5.4 8.8
2017 Russell Westbrook (Thunder) 31.6 10.7 10.4
2016 Steph Curry (Warriors) 30.1 5.4 6.7
2015 Steph Curry (Warriors) 23.8 4.3 7.7
2014 Kevin Durant (Thunder) 32.0 7.4 5.5
2013 LeBron James (Heat) 26.8 8.0 7.3
2012 LeBron James (Heat) 27.1 7.9 6.2

Nikola Jokic’s MVP win in 2021 was historic for many reasons, becoming both the first Serbian winner of the award, and the lowest drafted player ever selected for the honors.

NBA Teams with the Most MVP Winners

It should come as no surprise that the NBA franchise with the most championships also has the most league MVPs. Four different Celtics have been named the Association’s most valuable player including Bob Cousy (1957), Bill Russell (1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965), Dave Cowens (1973), and Larry Bird (1984, 1985, 1986). Need another fun fact to share at the bar? Cowens is the only MVP who also worked as a cab driver. Beat that Michael Jordan!

Players with Multiple NBA MVP Awards

Player MVP Awards Years
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 6 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980
Bill Russell 5 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965
Michael Jordan 5 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998
Wilt Chamberlain 4 1960, 1966, 1967, 1968
LeBron James 4 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
Larry Bird 3 1984, 1985, 1986
Magic Johnson 3 1987, 1989, 1990
Moses Malone 3 1979, 1982, 1983
Bob Pettit 2 1956, 1959
Karl Malone 2 1997, 1999
Tim Duncan 2 2002, 2003
Steve Nash 2 2005, 2006
Steph Curry 2 2015, 2016
Giannis Antetokounmpo 2 2019, 2020

NBA MVP Historical Trends

  • Celtics legend Bill Russell was the first player to win back-to-back MVP awards in 1961 and 1962
  • Russell was also the first player to win three consecutive MVP awards (1961-63). The only other players who accomplished the same feat are Wilt Chamberlain (1966-68) and Larry Bird (1984-86)

NBA MVP Trends Based Upon Country of Origin

  • Americans have won 92% of the NBA MVP awards despite the fact that nearly 28% of the league’s current players were born outside of the U.S.
  • The NBA MVP award was given to non-U.S.-born players three straight times from 2005-07

Archived NBA MVP Award Odds: 2021, 2020, 2019

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