Apparently there will be a little drama, at least if you believe the freaks where players will win the NBA's biggest individual prizes this season.
Truncated 72 - the regular NBA match season is coming to an end on Sunday (May 16), and while it seems like a post-season with probably half a dozen teams as legitimate contenders to win the championship, there is likely to be no drama when it comes to individual player prizes. The winners will not be announced for several weeks, but the votes are nearing the end of the regular season.
The Denver Nuggets chances of winning the NBA title have likely disappeared as they lost second top scorer Jamal Murray to season-ending injury in April - they are +3,000 on NBA futures to win it all - but the franchise will have its first MVP winner in downtown Nikola Jokic as he is - the 2000 hard favorite to win an award.
Come on and let's call Jokic the best second-round player in modern NBA history as he was voted No. 41 overall in the 2014 Denver Project. This season, the Serb leads the Nuggets on points, rebounds, assists and steals and takes second place in the league in triple doubles. The entire Denver offense runs through arguably the best passing big player of all time.
Jokic will be the third consecutive international MVP, won by Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo in the last two years. The Freak has had another great season, but it's +5,000 long shots in that NBA prop, and it likely ends up no better than a third behind Jokic and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid (+1,000). Embiid could have won it had he not missed so many injured games. Jokic doesn't miss any games.
Favorite jazz duo for 2 awards
Utah Jazz are fighting for the best NBA record and potential home advantage in the playoffs, with two favorites bets to win prizes.
Center Rudy Gobert is - 2000 to win the Defender of the Year for the third time in his career (also in 2018 & '28). Stifle Tower would join Dikembe Mutombo (four), Ben Wallace (four) and Dwight Howard (three) as the only three-time winners.
No player is more disruptive to paint than the 7ft-1 Gobert (which has a wingspan of 7ft-9) as he leads the NBA in blocks per game and is second in rebounds. Ben Simmons of Philadelphia takes a distant second place on the NBA odds of +800.
Fox Sixth Man of the Year, Jordan Clarkson of Utah is - 1250 to win the award for the first time. He is second in the team by scoring, but has only started one game. Clarkson also maintains all of the NBA reserves in terms of scoring and can set the league record for a three-point season scorer by a bench player. Clarkson's teammate Joe Ingles is next in terms of futures odds at +500 but has started with almost 38 Games. No jazz player has won the sixth Person of the Year.
Finally, Rookie of the Year will move on to quarterback Charlotte LaMelo Ball, who is - 600. The ball, No. 3 overall in the 2020 draft, lost a favorite role for about a month when he was injured but is now back and is easily the best all-round player in the class. Anthony Edwards of Minnesota, No. 1 overall, has really made an appearance since the All-Star hiatus and is +300 second favorite.
Jamie Landry is a content writer with an interest in how the history of sport is shaping the future. When she doesn't read or write about the clash of pop culture and sports, she can be found playing cards and delving into their history.