The MVP award is handed to the player with the biggest impact on the best team or the guy that pretty much outplayed the entire league throughout the whole regular season.
Year in and year out, the same numbers are always featured in the MVP race, so the bold predictions most insiders do on whether one player or another will take home the award, aren’t always bold at all.
Nonetheless, this year actually features a couple of guys that we’re not used to see in the MVP considerations, so today, we’re going to give you our really early top 10 in this year’s MVP Race.
10. Kyle Lowry
It looks like starting fresh was great for Kyle Lowry, and that being surrounded by top-tier defenders of the likes of Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard has worked out better for him than teaming up with DeMar DeRozan.
Lowry has looked great all season long and has even stepped up when Leonard has sat out to rest his injury, posting averages of 17.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 11.2 assists and 2.6 three-pointers per game.
9. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is a guy that’s always among the league’s top 10 players in the MVP race and this year isn’t going to be the exception, as he’s been the second best player in the best team in the world.
Durant continues to improve as a defender and ball handler and the Warriors are once again the team to beat (and to hate) for most of their rivals. So far, he’s averaged 28.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.
8. Nikola Jokic
The Denver Nuggets continue to improve and to prove that they can match up against anybody in the league, especially in their home court, and that has been mostly thanks to Nikola Jokic’s stellar play.
The Joker continues to impress with his playmaking and even racked up the first 30 plus point triple double without a miss from the field since Chamberlain, averaging 18 points, 10.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.
7. Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid has picked up things where he left them last season and is once again one of the frontrunners to take home not just the MVP, but also the Defensive Player of the Year award even despite the Sixers’ shaky start of the season.
Embiid has been on a roll in both sides of the hardwood since the start of the season and has dominated every big man he’s faced so far (just asked Andre Drummond). Up to this day, he’s averaging 29.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.4 triples per game.
6. DeMar DeRozan
Ever since the offseason, DeMar DeRozan looked as sharp as ever and looks determined to prove that the Toronto Raptors made a huge mistake when they bailed on him to get Kawhi Leonard.
He’s improved as a ball-handler, is more committed on defense and in both sides of the glass and is moving great without the rock on his hands. Popovich has really made the most out of him, as he’s averaging 27.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
5. Damian Lillard
Ever since they were swept in the playoffs by the New Orleans Pelicans, everybody thought the Portland Trail Blazers were done and that they just had to break their backcourt up and miss the playoffs for a couple of years.
Well, Damian Lillard wants no part of that conversation and he’s been on a roll to start the season and lead the Blazers, posting averages of 29.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 2.9 triples a game.
4. Anthony Davis
Even though Anthony Davis has already been forced to miss some time due to injuries (yes, again), the fact that the Pelicans have struggled so much to win without him proves once again how impactful he is in both sides of the glass.
Davis has been posting MVP-like seasons for years now and is just a matter of time before he finally wins the award. So far, he’s posted averages of 25.2 points, 13.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.5 blocks per game.
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo
The Greek Freak put up a lot of work in the offseason and it has definitely paid off so far, as the Bucks were the last team in the league to stay undefeated before the Boston Celtics put an end to the streak.
Antetokounmpo looks stronger, faster and more athletic than ever, and he looks poised to pull an upset in the playoffs with his young Bucks. Up to this day, he’s averaging 26.1 points, 13.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks per game.
2. Kawhi Leonard
Everybody was worried about Kawhi Leonard’s capacity of coming back the way he used to play after missing most of the year last season with injuries, but it looks like he hasn’t missed a beat so far to start the year.
Leonard has missed a couple of games due to rest but when he’s played, he’s been as dominant as ever, especially in the defensive end of the floor. Throughout the season, he’s averaged 26.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.9 triples per game.
1. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry looks poised to win his 3rd MVP award this season, leading the Golden State Warriors to an 8-1 record and looking as sharp as ever from three-point territory. He just wants to have fun out there and embarrass everybody, and he’s living up to that.
Curry is currently leading the league in points and triples made, and it’s not even close. Should he continue to play like that, no team in the world stands a chance against the Warriors. So far, he’s averaged 32.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 5.9 triples per game.