Lithuanian center Domantas Sabonis named in contention for the MVP

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Lithuania center Domantas Sabonis, who has started the 2020/21 NBA regular season quite well, seems to be acing up his game. After making debt in the “All-Stars” game for last season, the Lithuanian center is now in contention in the race for the Most Valuable Player in the prolific league.

The Center, who could also be deployed as a power forward, started the regular season with a win as the Indiana Pacers defeat the New York Knicks in the opening game in a 121-107 victory. The Lithuanian center was pivotal for the Pacers in that game as he scored 32 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists, which Australia pokies online have predicted in representation of odds to the fans.

Now, with several games into the NBA regular season, the Pacers center is averaging a career-high of 21.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists so far.

The impressive run of form of Indiana Pacers contributed to those numbers, as they have won seven games and suffered just four losses so far gone this season. The Pacers are currently tied with Milwaukee Bucks in the 3-4 spot in the Eastern Conference as Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers took the first and second position.

Sabonis and the Pacers’ start to the NBA campaign did not go unnoticed by the league experts, as the Lithuanian center name was shown among the player running the MVP race this season.

The 24-year-old takes up the eight positions in the ranking of the Most Valuable basketball player for the regular season in a list compiled by NBA journalist Sekou Smith last week, a list in which Sabonis’ name came out after Nikola Jokic.

Bleacher Report famous reporter Grant Hughes dropped the Pacers center superstar into the mix of MVP contenders for the season. And although he did not give the 24-year-old star a specific rank in the list, he chose to use the “honorable mentions” after naming the top five contenders.

In Hughes’ list, Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid came first, followed by Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry, Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic as the top five MVP rankers.

Sabonis, Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown, Los Angeles Clippers Paul George, and Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum were all were tagged as the honorable mentions of this list, with best real money casinos giving fans the chance to predict the outcome before the season ends.

In NBA.com last week MVP rating had LeBron James leading the cargo as Luka Doncic came second, Paul George came out third, Joel Embiid fourth, Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokonmpo, Nikola Jokic, Domantas Sabonis/ Jayson Tatum tied in eight positions, Damian Lillard and Devin Booker took up the ninth and 10th position respectively.

If Sabonis wishes to have the best season of his career, he only needs to improve his game. He is the first Lithuanian to be named in the NBA MVP ratings.

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