According to the FanDuel Sportsbook, All-Star forward Jimmy Butler has +9500 odds to win the 2018-19 NBA MVP award.
As of Tuesday, that number didn’t inspire much confidence, but in lieu of Butler’s trade request today, that could change.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Butler gave the Minnesota Timberwolves a wish-list of three teams to be dealt: the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. The latter, of which, everyone wants to see him land.
Knicks fans lookin at Jimmy Butler pic.twitter.com/bFfdAfPjSx— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) September 19, 2018
Kristaps Porzingis will be on the shelf for most of this season, so Butler’s usage rate could be at an all-time high during that span. It’s unclear exactly when KP will return to the lineup, but when he does, Butler's numbers could get even better (at least from an MVP perspective). Just imagine him turning that team around. He would be the darling of the NBA.
Across town, Brooklyn has played at one of the fastest paces in the NBA over the last two seasons under head coach Kenny Atkinson. Obviously, Butler’s numbers would inflate largely in an offense that does nothing but run-and-gun, and his defense would certainly be a welcomed addition.
With no remaining pieces left of their talented trio, the Clippers could certainly benefit from Butler’s arrival. The team did, however, have Tobias Harris and Lou Williams step up offensively last season, and that could potentially hurt Butler’s offensive production.
All in all, it looks like either of the New York teams would be his best bet to land the MVP award. If it happens, watch out.
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