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In our NBA MVP Ladder 2.0, Joel Embii continues to separate himself from the rest of the candidates. I’m sure new candidates will emerge and I’m sure other players will re-establish themselves as we all look forward to the second half of the NBA season.
NBA MVP Ladder, No. 6: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard deserves consideration for MVP just due to the fact that he is keeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the playoff race while missing key pieces CJ McCollum and Jusef Nurkic.
The main thing that keeps Lillard in the MVP conversation is the fact that the Blazers are currently sitting in fifth place in the West, but can the Blazers obtain enough wins to help Lillard’s case by season’s end? The opportunity is wide open for Lillard to sway voters in his favor if he can continue to keep the Blazers trending upward in the standings.