Hayward didn't play though and Hayward is better than Irving.
He was routinely in the running for MVP race according to NBA.com throughout last year when he was healthy, around 5 or so. So if he returns to that level of play, he most likely will be (assuming we win, which we will )
Best player on a 60 win team for the first time his career this year!
If he stays with the Celtics, there will be more.
I think we're going to hear a lot of Kyrie's name in the MVP discussions this year.
I have my doubts - but I can see a pathway to it. Voters are likely to consider the top scorer on a 60+ win team to be 'in the discussion'.
The knee has to hold up...
He won't be the best player on the Celtics, though.
Putting aside the question of who is better, Kyrie's style has resulted in more personal accolades than Hayward even though Hayward was always the #1 on his team and Kyrie wasn't for a lot of his time in Cleveland. Based just on that, Kyrie is more likely to be in the MVP conversation.
And of the two injuries, Hayward's is going to be harder to come back from.
Mock Trade Deadline Trailblazers and Knicks Rosters:
G: Lillard, McCollum, Curry, Simons, Baldwin, Stauskas, Trent. F: Aminu, Turner, Harkless, Leonard, Swanigan, Layman. C: Nurkic, Collins,
G: Hardaway, Lee, Mudiay, Nitilikina, Trier, Burke, Dotson. F: Porzingis, Thomas, Hicks, Hezonja, Knox, Kornet, Vonleh. C: Kanter, Robinson