Best of the Best: Our 2015 NBA MVP Candidates

It’s a new year, and as we close in on the serious part of the season, who do we think could be challenging for MVP honours for this season?

There are plenty of great candidates, but here are our top five hopefuls who could be garnering the league’s biggest honour come the playoffs.

Stephen Curry // Golden State Warriors

Steph Curry MVP

Has anyone had a better season than the Golden State Warriors’ point guard?

Stephen Curry has built on a fantastic 2013/14 season with another top notch display throughout this campaign.

The introduction of Steve Kerr as Head Coach for the Californian franchise has proved to be a great move, giving Curry better shot opportunities off the catch as well as spreading the floor effectively to allow him to create more opportunities for others as well.

His consistently strong shooting from beyond the arc has earned him a fearsome reputation, and his unbelievable handle of the basketball makes him a tough match up for any opposing player.

The Warriors’ league leading 25-5 record speaks for itself, and the performances of Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut and the rest of the roster also need to be mentioned as well, but Stephen Curry’s leadership has been the focal point of the team so far this year, who are looking like NBA title contenders.

Marc Gasol // Memphis Grizzlies

Marc Gasol MVP

Arguably the best centre in the league, Marc Gasol has evolved into a real problem for opposing teams on both ends of the floor and has spearheaded the Memphis Grizzlies’ playoff push so far this season.

Long known as one of the best defensive bigs in the game, Marc Gasol has shown a huge jump in offensive production this year, upping to 20ppg on 50% shooting.

This has been one of the key reasons behind Memphis’ good performances this year, and with Gasol’s all-round abilities, he’ll be a real problem for any opposing big to stop.

One of his most underrated attributes is his passing, which is comparable to some of the best point guards’ in the game.

Simply put, Gasol’s stock is skyrocketing at the moment, and a big pay-day could well be on its way…

James Harden // Houston Rockets

James Harden MVP

It seems like so long ago that we saw James Harden coming in off the bench for Oklahoma City…

Now though, Harden is leading the charge for the Houston Rockets, putting up MVP style point production as well as giving us some improved defense to talk about as well.

Upping his points and assists totals this campaign, Harden has been hitting shots from everywhere on the court, with his ability to draw fouls a consistent form of production for the shooting guard.

Finally looking like legitimate title contenders, Houston will have Harden to thank if the team makes it through a tough Western Conference to the Finals come the end of the season.

Anthony Davis // New Orleans Pelicans

Anthony Davis MVP

A real talent and looking like one of the future greats of the NBA, Anthony Davis is showing off his freakish skill set in what’s been a phenomenal season for the power forward so far.

Davis has been bigged up by many, including in this great piece from the NBA Observer, and his potential really is looking like it could be right up there alongside some of the greatest big men to have ever played the game.

Although New Orleans might struggle to make the playoffs, Anthony Davis is a real bright spark to keep hold of from the team’s point of view.

With tremendous athleticism, the handles of a point guard and real quality on defense, Davis could well be a future hall of famer.

If he keeps up his growth he could well be named as one of the best power forwards in NBA history, and whilst it definitely is a long way off, he’s looking THAT good.

Kyle Lowry // Toronto Raptors

Kyle Lowry MVP

In an era of real quality at the point guard spot, Kyle Lowry has become one of the best in the business.

This year he’s helped guide Toronto into the top spot in the Eastern Conference, averaging a career high in points and assists, Lowry has really climbed out of the shadows and is finally getting the plaudits he deserves.

Toronto in general have played some exceptional basketball, and with a partisan crowd behind them at every home game, it’s quickly become an troublesome place to go, north of the border.

The Raptors are looking like potential Eastern Conference finalists, and if Kyle Lowry continues to produce the goods, they could well become NBA title hopefuls.

So, what are your thoughts on these MVP candidates? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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