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Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie sees Kyrie Irving contending for 2019-20 MVP award

Nets, Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie

With Kevin Durant likely to sit out the majority, if not the whole 2019-20 season, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie expects Kyrie Irving to take over and put up an MVP-caliber season.

In a recent Q&A, Dinwiddie expressed his belief that Irving will be a dark horse candidate to win the prestigious award given to the best NBA player in the regular season.

For the past five years, Irving has been highly regarded as one of the best point guards in the league. He has career averages of 22.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists. Last season, he put up 23.8 points, 5.0 boards and 6.9 dimes with the Boston Celtics. Unfortunately, the Celtics weren’t able to win the championship after they were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs.

Irving’s not-so-good relationship with the Celtics organization has been well-documented, and it is one of the reasons why he decided to leave the team and join the Nets. He will be extremely motivated to prove himself after everything that happened in Boston, and his situation with Brooklyn will give him the opportunity to do just that.

Without Durant, all eyes will be on Irving to lead a bunch of young players to the playoffs. If he can increase his numbers while propelling the team to the top of the East, then there’s no doubt that he should be in the conversations for next season’s MVP honor.