LeBron James betting favorite to win MVP

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At this time last year, Stephen Curry was just a darkhorse MVP candidate.

By April, he ran away with the award.

Will the NBA see another surprise MVP this season? The first step to answering that question is establishing its baseline.

Bovada released its odds for 2016 NBA MVP:

I wouldn’t venture past the top five – LeBron James (11/4), Anthony Davis (4/1), Kevin Durant (11/2), Stephen Curry (6/1) and James Harden (7/1). Maybe you could talk me into also including Russell Westbrook (12/1), Chris Paul (16/1) and Blake Griffin (20/1) as reasonable candidates.

If you want to pick a longshot, go young. Don’t depend on a veteran who has already proven his value is far below MVP caliber. Think Kawhi Leonard (35/1), John Wall (50/1), DeMarcus Cousins (66/1) and Andre Drummond (200/1).

The one exception:  I could see the media might giving Tim Duncan (200/1) a lifetime achievement MVP is the Spurs excel behind a balanced attack. At 200/1, why not?