Nikola Jokic has taken a commanding lead within the MVP race, based on our HoopsHype media MVP ballot for April.

As for one of the best of the remaining, Stephen Curry has made the largest leap whereas LeBron James has seen his MVP probabilities take the largest hit in comparison with our March MVP media ballot.

To find out the highest contenders for the MVP award, HoopsHype anonymously polled 17 media members who voted on final 12 months’s awards for his or her present high 5 MVP rankings.

As with the official vote, the highest participant obtained 10 factors, the second obtained seven factors, the third obtained 5 factors, the fourth obtained three factors, and the fifth participant obtained one level for every poll. Under are the outcomes of the ballot.

Share of the vote: 98.24 p.c of most quantity attainable

March MVP rating: No. 3

They name him the Joker, however his MVP candidacy isn’t any laughing matter. The Serbian star leads the league in area objectives (602), Win Shares (12.9), and offensive win shares (10.2), whereas rating second in participant effectivity score (31.3), whole factors (1,531), and third in whole assists (506) and minutes performed (2,053).

With Jamal Murray out after present process surgical procedure for his torn ACL, the Nuggets will proceed to trip their franchise cornerstone greater than ever.

Whereas Murray’s harm is a blow to Denver’s title probabilities, ahead Aaron Gordon informed The Athletic, “We nonetheless really feel like we’ve got sufficient, particularly with ‘Joker’ man. Once you’ve obtained that man on the ground, you may have an opportunity to win each single evening.”

Share of the vote: 65.88 p.c of most quantity attainable

March MVP rating: No. 1

Regardless of taking part in solely 40 video games, Embiid has been ready to attract contact at such a excessive charge that he nonetheless ranks second in free throws made (401) and makes an attempt (471).

It’s one motive why Ben Simmons, a Defensive Participant of the Yr candidate, believes his teammate Embiid must be the frontrunner over Jokic. “I don’t suppose groups know what to do after they’re guarding him,” Simmons mentioned. “I feel he’s clearly the MVP this season.”

Embiid leads the league in participant effectivity score (31.5) and likewise ranks second in utilization share (35.6), and fourth in defensive score (103.7) heading into the stretch run of the season.

Share of the vote: 25.29 p.c of most quantity attainable

March MVP rating: No. 7

Earlier than dealing with the Wizards on Wednesday, Curry was the most popular participant within the league averaging 40 factors on an astounding 54.1 taking pictures p.c from the sector, 49.7 p.c from past the arc, and 90.3 p.c on the foul line with 6.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists in his earlier 11 video games performed. For good measure, Curry made 10 or extra threes in 4 video games throughout that scorching stretch.

Curry has since overtaken Bradley Beal for the league’s highest-scoring common (31.1) whereas protecting the Warriors afloat for a spot within the Play-In Event.

Share of the vote: 24.12 p.c of most quantity attainable

February MVP rating: No. 6

The reigning back-to-back MVP has put up comparable numbers to his earlier two seasons whereas rating third general in participant effectivity score (28.8) and fourth in win shares (8.0).

Whereas the Bucks stay third within the East, it seems the Greek Freak’s reign as MVP is coming to an finish with little time left to shut the hole.

Share of the vote: 10.59 p.c of most quantity attainable

February MVP rating: No. 4

Lillard, the face of the Path Blazers, ranks second in offensive Win Shares (7.1), third in scoring (28.6), threes made (214), and free throws made (362) whereas rating fifth in minutes per sport (35.9).

With Portland now 3-7 in its final 10 video games, the Path Blazers at the moment are clinging to the sixth seed simply half a sport forward of the Mavericks. Falling to the seventh seed would imply Portland enters the Play-In Event.

Lillard, 30, stays in his prime, however the clock is ticking on Portland’s probabilities to maximise his window to compete for a championship within the West.

Share of the vote: 10 p.c of most quantity attainable

February MVP rating: No. 5

Share of the vote: 8.24 p.c of most quantity attainable

February MVP rating: No. 9

Share of the vote: 5.29 p.c of most quantity attainable

February MVP rating: No. 2

Share of the vote: 4.71 p.c of most quantity attainable

February MVP rating: Not ranked

Share of the vote: 3.53 p.c of most quantity attainable

February MVP rating: Not ranked

Share of the vote: 2.35 p.c of most quantity attainable

February MVP rating: Not ranked

Share of the vote: 1.76 p.c of most quantity attainable

February MVP rating: Not ranked

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