It’s still pretty early in the season but even so, some players have gotten off to such a huge start of the campaign that they’re already making a huge case for being considered the Most Valuable Player of the year.
Hopefully, we get to see such a tough race throughout the entire year and even though it may be kind of difficult for most of these guys to sustain that kind of performances for a full season, we’d love to see that happen.
So, now that one week of this year’s NBA regular season is already in the books, let’s go ahead and take a look at this season’s top 10 MVP candidates and power rankings.
10. Nikola Mirotic
Ever since Nikola Mirotic was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the New Orleans Pelicans, the forward has been on a roll, even in the defensive end of the floor, where he was a huge liability earlier on his career.
Mirotic has been shooting lights out ever since landing at New Orleans, especially from three-point land, and has finally proven why he was so hyped when he was at Real Madrid, posting averages of 28.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.7 triples.
9. Khris Middleton
Khris Middleton is one of the most underrated players in the league by a long shot. He’s a switchable defender, a committed playmaker, a versatile scorer and a guy that would do everything to help his team.
On the other hand, he’s not likely to be able to sustain this kind of performances, mostly because the Bucks are and will be Giannis’ team. Still, his averages of 24.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists have been quite impressive.
8. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant was amazing last night against the Wizards and in his first 5 games, he is averaging 27.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He will be one of the biggest favorites to win the MVP Award, but we shouldn't forget that Golden State Warriors have the best roster in the NBA, and maybe Durant will not play 100% every game.
KD will become a free agent next summer, and he already won two NBA championships and 2 NBA Finals Awards, so he only needs the MVP Award with the Golden State Warriors, because he already has one with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
7. Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry is one of the players that always finds a way to disappoint us. He’s always a major no-show during the playoffs and tends to disappear when it matters the most after strong starts of the season.
Hopefully, playing next to Kawhi Leonard will take some pressure off his shoulders and he’ll finally deliver in clutch time as he’s done so far in the year, averaging 21.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 10.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
6. Kawhi Leonard
There’s absolutely no surprise to the fact that Kawhi Leonard’s featured on this list, but it’s truly good to see him play so well after missing almost an entire season due to the bizarre injury that started all of the drama.
Leonard is the best two-way player in the league when healthy and has successfully led the Toronto Raptors to a perfect start of the season, posting averages of 28.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
5. Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic just keeps getting better and better by the day and he’s even slightly improved in the defensive end of the floor. He posted the first 30+ point triple double without a miss from the floor since Wilt Chamberlain and looks determined to end the Nuggets’ playoff drought.
Jokic is the best passing big man in the world, a great and reliable shooter from all three levels and a guy that could find himself among the MVP conversation at the end of the year, averaging 23.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 7 assists and 1.5 steals a game.
4. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry has been incredibly prolific all season long, as he’s always been, shooting lights out from all three levels and being the Golden State Warriors ultimate leader once again with his top-notch playmaking.
The Golden State Warriors look poised for another Championship this season so they definitely need Curry to be healthy and playing this well all season long. So far, he’s averaged 34.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 6.6 triples per game.
Last night, he destroyed the Wizards with 51 points and 11 threes. Amazing.
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks have a hot start with 4-0 right now and Giannis playing very well so far. With 28.5 points, 16.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals per game, he is probably the strongest candidate to win the 2018-19 MVP Award.
Last night, he was great against the Knicks, and he finishes the game with 32 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. He becomes the second player since Wilt to score 25+ points and 15 rebounds in the first four games of a season.
2. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis is keen to make a statement, saying that he’s as good as LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Truth to be told, the kind of numbers he’s posted so far definitely make a strong case for him.
Davis has been posting MVP caliber seasons for years now so it would be great if he’d finally win it this year for a change. So far, he’s posted averages of 30.3 points, 13 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2 steals and 3.3 blocks per game.
1. Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin looks extremely motivated to prove his doubters wrong, and now that he was finally able to actually work out during the offseason, it looks like he’s in the best shape of his career and it’s not even close.
Griffin just posted the first 50 point game of his career and looks lighter, stronger and finally healthy, and his averages of 36.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists have been really impressive even for a guy that talented.