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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2020 NBA MVP award?
  • View the odds available for players individually and see league-wide trends from past years
  • Track how the odds fluctuate throughout the 2019-20 NBA season

We’ve been tracking the odds to win the 2020 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 2019-20 season.

2020 NBA MVP Odds

  • [September 30] With training camps set to open, Kawhi Leonard’s average odds have fallen to +930
  • [September 11] After a full summer as a member of the the Rockets, Russell Westbrook’s average odds have fallen from +1900 to +2100
  • [August 22] The Anthony Davis hype tour led in full force by LeBron has taken effect at the books, as Davis’ average odds have increased from +870  to +730.
  • [July 20] LeBron James’ average NBA MVP odds have shortened from +900 to +730
  • [July 12] James Harden and Russell Westbrook’s 2020 MVP odds have both taken a hit after teaming up in Houston
  • [July 8] Giannis Antetokounmpo is favored to win his second consecutive NBA MVP award after finishing with 78 first place votes in 2019, well ahead of Jame Harden, who garnered 23 first place votes

NBA MVP Top Contenders at BetOnline

Player 2019 NBA MVP Odds at BetOnline
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) +300
Stephen Curry (Warriors) +500
James Harden (Rockets) +700
Anthony Davis (Lakers) +700
LeBron James (Lakers) +900
Kawhi Leonard (Clippers) +1000

*Odds taken on 09/30/19

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)

2020 NBA MVP Candidates by Division

LeBron James will face plenty of competition within his own division as the Pacific boasts a two-time NBA MVP in Steph Curry, a two-time NBA Finals MVP in Kawhi Leonard, an NBA All-Star Game MVP in Anthony Davis, and one of the league’s most promising young scorers in Devin Booker.

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


Past 10 NBA MVP Winners

Year Player PPG RPG APG
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
2011 Derrick Rose (Bulls) 25.0 4.1 7.7
2010 LeBron James (Cavs) 29.7 7.3 8.6

Derrick Rose became the youngest player to win MVP honors in NBA history in 2011. He was just 22-years-old at the time and in his third year in the league.

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

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 Winners By Country

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: 2019

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