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Kobe Bryant Soars to Top of MVP Futures

Kobe Bryant NBA All-Star Game Los Angeles Lakers

With this being his last season in the NBA, Kobe Bryant has been saying “good bye” at various NBA arenas throughout the first “half” of the campaign. Sunday evening in Toronto marks Kobe’s final All-Star game and he has shot up the futures board to snag the game’s MVP award.

Odds at online shop Bovada were posted Thursday and Kobe was being offered at +700. Cut to Friday morning and the Lakers legend has moved all the way to the +135 favorite.

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Sunday’s game marks Kobe’s 18th All-Star selection and he was won the MVP award four times; a league-high mark he shares with Bob Pettit. His last came in 2011 on his home floor at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Furthermore, Kobe is also the all-time leading scorer in All-Star history with 280 career points.

While defense is of the lowest priority in the annual event, Kobe could very well earn the prize and become the all-time leader in All-Star MVP awards in the process as he bids the midseason contest farewell north of the border.

2016 NBA All-Star Game MVP Odds

Odds as of February 13 at Bovada

  • Kobe Bryant +135
  • Stephen Curry +500
  • LeBron James +800
  • Russell Westbrook +800
  • Kevin Durant +1000
  • James Harden +1800
  • Kyle Lowry +2000
  • DeMar DeRozan +2200
  • Kawhi Leonard +2500
  • John Wall +2800
  • Paul George +2500
  • Klay Thompson +2500
  • Isaiah Thomas +5000
  • Anthony Davis +3500
  • Draymond Green +4000
  • DeMarcus Cousins +5000
  • Chris Paul +5000
  • Chris Bosh +8000
  • LaMarcus Aldridge +6600
  • Carmelo Anthony +6000
  • Pau Gasol +8000
  • Dwyane Wade +7500
  • Paul Millsap +8000
  • Andre Drummond +7500

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To the surprise of zero people, Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is the favorite to win the MVP of Sunday’s NBA All-Star game in Toronto.

Curry, who leads the NBA with 29.8 points per game and is fourth in three-point percentage at .454 percent while putting up a whopping 540 attempts from beyond the arc, is currently +300 at online shop Bovada to win the award.

Beyond the fact that Steph is currently the best shooter in the game and is having one of the most exciting seasons in years, point guards have won the MVP in three-straight All-Star games. Russell Westbrook won the MVP last year with Kyrie Irving and Chris Paul winning the award in the two previous editions.

Elsewhere on the board, this being Kobe Bryant’s final All-Star game means he has a good shot at +700. This will be Kobe’s 18th All-Star game in his illustrious career and he has won the MVP award four times before (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011).

Hometown heroes Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan come in at +1800. The last time a home player won the MVP award at the All-Star game was back in 2011 when Kobe won the award at Staples Center.

2016 NBA All-Star Game MVP Odds

Odds as of February 11 at Bovada

  • Stephen Curry +300
  • LeBron James +600
  • Kevin Durant +650
  • Russell Westbrook +700
  • Kobe Bryant +700
  • James Harden +1600
  • Kyle Lowry +1800
  • DeMar DeRozan +1800
  • Kawhi Leonard +2000
  • Paul George +2000
  • Klay Thompson +2200
  • John Wall +2200
  • Anthony Davis +2500
  • Draymond Green +2500
  • DeMarcus Cousins +3000
  • Carmelo Anthony +3000
  • Chris Paul +4000
  • Isaiah Thomas +5000
  • Chris Bosh +5000
  • Dwyane Wade +5000
  • LaMarcus Aldridge +5000
  • Pau Gasol +6000
  • Paul Millsap +7500
  • Andre Drummond +7500