The NBA season kicked off with the first week with many great games.
It’s never too early to see which players could make a run for the NBA MVP.
These Darkhorse nominees are all players who have never won the award before.
Nikola Jokic has won the MVP for two consecutive seasons and he’s unlikely to win a third time.
Here are three candidates for the title of NBA MVP.
Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
One of the most polarizing players in the NBA is Zion Williamson.
After missing all of last season through injury, Williamson is back and looking to be in great shape.
SION 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ie4EfaGEZQ
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) October 19, 2022
He could be in for a monster season, and the Pelicans could be a surprise playoff team.
Williamson has a chance to dominate in his fourth NBA season, all he has to do is stay healthy.
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics look like one of the best teams in the NBA this season.
They are 3-0 as they look to bounce back from losing the NBA Finals to the Warriors.
Jayson Tatum is the Celtics’ best player and has had great regular seasons in recent years.
Jayson Tatum’s last 3 games:
40 PTS – 6 CER – 1 AST
29 PTS – 5 CER – 4 AST
35 PTS – 12 CER – 4 AST pic.twitter.com/Fof4z0mfuM
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) October 23, 2022
He has increased his points per game every year of his career.
While also making the All-NBA First Team last season.
If Tatum can increase his points per game again and lead the Celtics to first place in the East, he has a great shot at becoming MVP.
Ball LaMelo, Charlotte Hornets
One of the best young players in the NBA is Hornets star LaMelo Ball.
Ball had a breakout season last year and should be ready to take his game to another level this season.
Unfortunately, Ball has yet to play in a game this season due to a sprained ankle.
After averaging 20.1 points, 7.6 assists, 6.7 rebounds per game.
Once it’s back to full strength, expect to see increases in those numbers this year.
Ball has the talent of a future league MVP, so there’s no reason to believe he can’t earn it this year.