Giannis Antetokounmpo $9
If you’re looking past the recent MVP usuals for a new contender, the Greek Freak is your man. Reaching All-Star level for the first time last season, Antetokounmpo exhibited the uncommon versatility contained in his rangy, 211cm-tall body, looking like the player that Aussies wish Ben Simmons will become. He could fill a boxscore like Westbrook, and showed ability at both ends comparable to current two-way supremo Kawhi Leonard. Having entered the NBA as a raw project, it’s formidable to see how far the 22-year-old has progressed in four seasons. One essential step Antetokounmpo has to take to be considered a legit MVP chance: lead the Milwaukee Bucks, with a record of 42-40 last season, to more wins.