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Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?  

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List Rules Only active players in the NBA for the 2018-19 season

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UPDATED: Vote for the 2020 NBA MVP here.

Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named NBA MVP for the 2018-19 season after leading the Bucks to the best record in the NBA and all the way to the Eastern Conference final. He averaged 27.7 points per game, 12.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists, all improvements over his previous season and in the top 10 in the league in both points and rebounds.

At the start of the season, favorites included past MVP winners like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and 2018 MVP James Harden. Also in the conversation, however, were stars like Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, and even potential sleeper picks like Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, and Jimmy Butler.

The three finalists for the 2018-19 MVP award were winner Antetokounmpo, the Houston Rockets' Harden, and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
Small forward, Point forward

NBA MVP WINNER

Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed the "Greek ...more
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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
Shooting guard

NBA MVP FINALIST

James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Harden played college basketball for ...more
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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #3 Shooting guard, Small forward
Kawhi Anthony Leonard is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. Leonard, a 6-ft 7-in, 230-lb small forward, played ...more
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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
Shooting guard, Small forward

NBA MVP FINALIST

Paul Clifton Anthony George is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. George played high school ...more
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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #5 Point guard
Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Listed at 6 ft 3 in tall ...more
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Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #6 Point guard
Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Lillard is a 6 ft 3 in point guard from Oakland, ...more
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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #8 Small forward
Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college ...more
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Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #7 Center
Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national basketball team ...more
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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #9 Center
Joel-Hans Embiid is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. The 76ers drafted Embiid third overall in the 2014 ...more
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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #11 Point guard
Russell Westbrook Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Westbrook played college basketball for ...more
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Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #10 Point guard
Kyrie Andrew Irving (born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Brooklyn Nets. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year after being selected by the Cleveland ...more
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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #12 Small forward, Power forward
LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lbs., he has started ...more
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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #13 AntonioOliveira added Guard, Small forward
Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Slovenian national team. Born in ...more
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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #15 Power forward, Center
Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the power forward ...more
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Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #14 Point guard
Kemba Hudley Walker is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Walker was drafted ninth overall by the Charlotte Bobcats ...more
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Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #16 Point guard
Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He played one year of college basketball ...more
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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #17 Point guard, Shooting guard
Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. (born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player. Wade spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the National ...more
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Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #18 Shooting guard
Klay Alexander Thompson (born February 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is credited ...more
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Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #19 Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Corey Mitchell Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Louisville ...more
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DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #20 Shooting guard
DeMar Darnell DeRozan is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the USC Trojans and ...more
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Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #24 Power forward
Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more
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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #22
Benjamin David Simmons is an Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for one season with ...more
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Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #21 Shooting guard
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Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #25 Karl-Anthony Towns Center
Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more
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Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA MVP?
voting closed at #23 Small forward
Jimmy Butler III is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing one year of college basketball for Tyler Junior ...more