LeBron James Considered Clear Favorite to Win MVP Award for 2015-16 Season

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Less than two weeks before the start of the 2015-16 season, and the debate over who will garner the Most Valuable Player award is already heating up, with the Cleveland CavaliersLeBron James the clear favorite to win the award, according to Las Vegas oddsmaker Bovada.

James, who has previously won the award four times, is listed as an 11-4 favorite by Bovada, followed by the New Orleans Hornets’ Anthony Davis at 4-1, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder at 11-2, the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry at 6-1 and James Harden of the Houston Rockets at 7-1.

The only other Cavalier players to be noted on the list are power forward Kevin Love at 50-1 and point guard Kyrie Irving at 80-1. Both players’ odds would ordinarily be higher, but both are coming off of season-ending injuries, with Irving potentially not taking the court until January.

With regard to gauging specific statistical categories, James is listed at 13-2 (fourth-best) to lead the league in scoring and 20-1 (tied for seventh-best with Curry) to lead the league in assists. Love is currently listed at 14-1 to lead the NBA in rebounds per game.

James previously won the MVP award during the final two seasons of his first stint with the Cavs (2009 and 2010). He then repeated that back-to-back effort as a member of the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, also winning the NBA Finals MVP award during each of those same seasons.

The Cavaliers are currently winding down their preseason and will officially begin the new season with an October 27 road game against the Chicago Bulls.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.