We're only a couple of weeks away from the start of NBA team's training camp, and then not long after that will the new regular season arrive, so it's time for talks of who will be the league's next most valuable player to begin.
Last season, the MVP award was won by Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, after he averaged a triple-double season with career highs of 31.6 points - which was a league high - 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists.
This coming season looks set to be a lot more challenging and a lot tougher for any player to come out on top to win the award, as moves over the offseason have placed many players in contention for the achievement.
Ahead of camps opening up, Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has released the latest update on their MVP odds for next season with a couple of changes from previous odds on August 17, including one player that has received a big surge (via CBS Sports).
The current favorite at 4/1 odds is Kevin Durant. Following the Warriors forward's NBA Finals MVP award last season, Vegas expects him to follow up on the excellent postseason performance with an equally remarkable regular season campaign across 2017-18.
Durant is followed by his Finals opponent LeBron James. The Cleveland Cavaliers icon has moved up in odds from 7/1 to 9/2. He is followed by Kawhi Leonard, who has also moved up from 6/1 to 5/1. Westbrook has the same odds as Leonard, while Houston Rockets' James Harden and Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo are both on 8/1.
Durant's teammate Steph Curry is next with 10/1 odds, but the biggest mover is newest Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving who has moved from 50/1 to 15/1. Anthony Davis has the same odds as him, while newbie at the Rockets Chris Paul rounds off the top ten at 30/1.
With Irving being the biggest mover, we'll just have to wait and see if he can live up to the expectation at the Celtics. If he is able to replicate the team's performance from last season and finish as the number one team in the Eastern Conference, he very well could be in contention for the award.