Boston, MA - In the upcoming NBA season, the Western Conference is undoubtedly going to be stacked. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and LeBron James will all be playing in the same conference. Now, you might think that this is the collection of players from which the 2018-19 MVP will be chosen. However, it stands to reason that because these players will constantly be forced to square off against one another, they may cannibalize each other's statistics. Were these players to be viewed as having down years because of constantly outdoing each other, this would leave the potential MVP to come from the wide open Eastern Conference.
Joel Embiid, Victor Oladipo, John Wall, Kawhi Leonard, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the stand out players from the East, but there is no denying that a plethora of Celtics also stand at the top of the East's best players. Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Gordon Hayward are all in the conversation, but the one who tops them all is Kyrie Irving, the All-NBA caliber point guard for the Boston Celtics.
I believe that, when reaching his maximum potential, Kyrie Irving is the best player in the Eastern Conference and, without question, the best player on the Boston Celtics. Unfortunately, injuries have often limited what Irving is capable of bringing to the table.
With the Celtics likely the favorites in the East to have the conference's best record and Kyrie as the best player on the team, it stands to reason that the numbers he puts up will stand out from those of others in the East. And if the numbers from the best players in the West are down, they could cause Kyrie's to be even more prominent. With the Celtics potentially vying for the best record in the NBA, the MVP might be seen as someone who has to come from the best team in the eyes of the voters. While Hayward, Tatum, and Horford all have realistic shots at nabbing that title, Kyrie is undoubtedly the likeliest candidate.
For now, though, it's all just speculation.