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Kyrie Irving has surprising pick for NBA MVP

Kyrie Irving wearing his Nets uniform

Kyrie Irving’s third eye is open when it comes to the NBA MVP race as well.

The Brooklyn Nets star revealed in a tweet this week who he believes should win MVP this year — Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker.

Booker is generally not considered to be in the discussion for MVP. For now, it appears to be a three-man race with Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Denver’s Nikola Jokic, and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo vying for position. Boston’s Jayson Tatum has also been making a late push for consideration.

Granted, Booker is the leading scorer for the 60-14 Phoenix Suns, who are the best team in the NBA this season by a significant margin. While Booker’s comparatively modest numbers (26.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists a game) are not as impressive as those of the aforementioned frontrunners, Irving believes Booker makes a strong case. Booker himself also recently explained why he thinks he should be considered.

Photo: Feb 1, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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