NBA MVP Watch: Irving leading Celtics to best record in league

By Trevor Smith

Sports Blogger

@trevor_smith20

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been a dominating force in the NBA, as he is averaging nearly 32 points for game. Antetokounmpo has also been impressive on the glass, as he is averaging 10-plus rebounds a night and has produced two consecutive 12-plus rebound games. He has also been a nightmare on defense, as he is averaging 1.4 steals and 1.8 blocks a game. The Bucks are sitting at 6-6 and second in the Central Division thanks to Antetokounmpo’s stellar play that if continued can get the Bucks back in the playoffs for a second consecutive year.

Kyrie Irving, PG, Boston Celtics

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Kyrie Irving’s stellar blade has helped lead the Celtics to a season-high 12-game win streak and first place in the Eastern Conference. Irving has been on a tear since the Celtics started 0-2, as he is averaging 20.3 points per game and 5.2 assists per game. He has also contributed 3.1 rebounds a game from his starting point guard spot. Irving is averaging his largest number of steals per game in his career at 1.9, as he is taking a main role in Boston.

Blake Griffin, PF, Los Angeles Clippers

Blake Griffin has been the epitome of consistency for the Los Angeles Clippers this season, as he is having arguably the best year of his career in the early stages of 2017-18 NBA season. Griffin is averaging his highest point per game total at 22.6 since he averaged 24.1 during the 2013-14 season. He is also taking advantage of the charity stripe, as he is shooting 77.5 percent from the free throw line, which is the best in his career. Griffin may not be averaging career highs in every statistic, but he is clearly the main piece in the Clippers’ offense, and if they want to make the playoffs then Griffin’s MVP like play and leadership will need to continue.

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