There isn't one player taking the court in this series that has won an NBA title in their career. Obviously that means whoever captures the Most Valuable Player award, it will be the first of their career.
Favorites to Watch
Chris Paul, Phoenix (-165)
Paul finally reached the pinnacle of the NBA playoffs in his 16th season by leading the Suns to the NBA Finals. The future Hall-of-Fame point guard is averaging 24.7 points per game in the last eight postseason contests, including dropping 41 points on the Clippers in the Western Conference Finals clincher.
Suns' guard Chris Paul is listed as the favorite to win the NBA Finals MVP at 7/5 odds (+140) vs. the Bucks. (AP)
Devin Booker, Phoenix (+600)
Booker made plenty of headlines last season by leading the Suns to a perfect 8-0 record in the NBA Bubble, but Phoenix fell short of the playoffs. The Suns finally got over the hump this season and then some, led by Booker's 27.0 points per game in the playoffs.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee (+240)
The two-time regular season MVP has finally made the Finals, although he is nursing a hyperextended knee that kept him sidelined for the last two games of the Eastern Conference Finals. The "Greek Freak" is putting up 28.2 points per game and 12.7 rebounds per contest in the playoffs, while scoring at least 30 points in seven of the last nine games.
Worth a Shot?
Deandre Ayton, Phoenix (+2500)
Ayton put together his third straight season averaging double-figures in both points and rebounds, while posting 16.2 points per game during Phoenix's run to the Finals. The former top pick of the 2018 draft put up 11 double-doubles in the playoffs, as he is looking to become the first true center to win the Finals MVP since Shaquille O'Neal grabbed the honor for the Lakers in 2002.
2021 NBA Finals MVP Odds Comparison
The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is given to the top basketball player in the NBA Playoffs.
Previous NBA Finals MVP Award Winners
2020 - LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
2019 - Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors
2018 - Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
2017 - Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
2016 - LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
2015 - Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
2014 - Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
2013 - LeBron James, Miami Heat
2012 - LeBron James, Miami Heat
2011 - Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
For the most part, there aren't a lot of dark horse winners of the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.
Over the last 10 years, three players have won the honor multiple times LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and Kevin Durant.
The only player that was not among the favorites was Golden State's Andre Iguodala, who averaged 16.3 points per game during its 2015 NBA Finals triumph over Cleveland. Iguodala was as high as 100/1 odds when the series started to claim the MVP honor, which is more of the exception than the rule.