NBA Free Agency Causes Shakeup to 2020 NBA MVP Favorites

Mike Esposito
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The first couple days of NBA free agency has considerably altered the league's landscape, with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving teaming up in Brooklyn and other All-Stars like Jimmy Butler and Kemba Walker changing teams as well.

But despite all the moving and shaking, Giannis Antetokounmpo remains the favorite to take home back-to-back NBA MVP awards. The Greek Freak owns the best odds to win 2019-20 NBA Most Valuable Player Award at +300, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Stephen Curry, who will be without Durant for the entire season and Klay Thompson for much of it, has the second-best odds (+550) to win his third NBA MVP.

James Harden, this past season's runner-up for the award, saw his odds hold steady at +600, but it's the players who have changed teams or haven't yet decided that could end up being viable longshots.

Newly-minted Los Angeles Lakers' center Anthony Davis has +950 odds to win 2019-20 MVP honors, and 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, who remains a free agent, has +1100 odds to win the MVP. Irving is a +3200 shot now in Brooklyn and Walker, who is the Boston Celtics' new point guard, has +8000 odds to win the MVP award.

Jimmy Butler, who joined the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade deal, is a little further down the totem pole and has the same odds as secondary players like Lonzo Ball, Rudy Gobert and Zach LaVine at +10000.

Since free agency has just begun, there are bound to be several more signings that will shake up these lines as we move closer to the 2019-20 NBA season.


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