How quickly things can change in the NBA. While we’re in the early stages of the season, the push for the Most Valuable Player award is shaping up to be even more interesting than originally anticipated. Back in October, it was LeBron James holding down the top spot, but the emergence of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has shaken things up in a big way.

The original odds just prior to the season, courtesy of Bovada, looked as follows (h/t OddsShark):

LeBron James +333
Anthony Davis +450
Giannis Antetokounmpo +500
James Harden +650
Kawhi Leonard +950
Kevin Durant +1000
Stephen Curry +1200
Joel Embiid +1500
Kyrie Irving +1500
Russell Westbrook +1600
Ben Simmons +2500
Donovan Mitchell +2500

While Antetokounmpo found himself squarely in the mix, an exceptional start to the season paired with the Bucks sitting atop the Eastern Conference has shifted those odds. Giannis is no longer just one of the favorites, he is the standalone favorite to take home the hardware this season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Takes Control of MVP Race

The odds to win the Most Valuable Player award were updated at the start of November, and Antetokounmpo was one of the multiple players to see a big shift. After moving ahead of both Davis and LeBron, Giannis sits with even better odds than the latter had prior to the season.

Courtesy of Bovada:

Giannis Antetokounmpo +325
Anthony Davis +450
LeBron James +450
Kawhi Leonard +650
Stephen Curry +650
James Harden +850
Joel Embiid +1400
Kevin Durant +1600
Russell Westbrook +1800

Antetokounmpo is one of a few players (Leonard and Curry as well) to see their odds jump through the first stretch of the 2018-19 season. The Bucks star has done a little bit of everything and excelled across the board. Although he’s averaging 25.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game, those numbers are actually brought down by one game in which he played just 19 minutes due to injury.

Aside from that one shortened game, Giannis has posted a double-double in all but one of the other games. Arguably the most impressive aspect is that he’s shooting 54.4 percent from the field while leading the Bucks to an 8-2 start through the first 10 games. If this impressive run continues and Milwaukee keeps winning, it’ll be hard to make a case to not give Antetokounmpo the NBA MVP award.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo MVP: Eye-Opening Odds for Bucks Star

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