Power Ranking the Top 10 MVP Candidates of the Early NBA Season
Top 10 MVP Candidates
Even though is still early in the NBA season, a picture could be made to see how the season will wind up for some teams and players.
Squads like the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, always considered favorites to contend for the title, have been at their best to start the campaign, there are others like the Indiana Pacers and the Portland Trail Blazers that have been a great surprise, injecting a breath of fresh air into the league.
The same could be said for some players. Even when LeBron James and Kevin Durant are widely considered the best two players in the league right now and there are a handful of other guys like Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Kevin Love that will always be perennial award contenders, some other guys have been able to make a statement early in the year with their displays and are beginning to gather some national attention as early MVP candidates.
Whether the player is solid on defense, a beast on the offensive side of the ball or maybe the spark that keeps a surprising team going forward, these 10 players listed on the article have earned their right to be part of the early list of possible MVP as they seem to be the glue that keeps the team running even in the struggles.
Without further ado, please join me as we check the Top 10 MVP candidates after the first three weeks of this new NBA season.
10. Anthony Davis - Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans big man already showed some promise in his first full season, but his sophomore year has been a billion times better. Already considered a leader in a young team, Davis has been able to be a force on both ends of the court and he’s already beginning to play like the superstar many expect he’ll become. He’s drawn several comparisons to a younger version of Kevin Garnett.
9. LaMarcus Aldridge - Blazers
The internal presence of the Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge seems to be the leader of one of the most surprising teams in the NBA. He was always considered a steady performer, but this year he’s been taking his game to a whole new level and he’s the biggest reason why the Blazers can be considered as a legit threat in the Western Conference.
8. Stephen Curry - Warriors
The spark that keeps the Golden State Warriors running, Stephen Curry is a sexy story. He’s the undisputed leader of a team that’s poised to surprise and even when the Warriors aren’t exactly expected to contend, they could turn some heads if they keep up this level of play. Even though Curry’s numbers are nowhere near what he posted last season, it’s safe to say he’ll improve and will take the franchise to new heights.
7. Derrick Rose - Bulls
Derrick Rose is back and the Chicago Bulls are thankful for it. Sadly, the same can’t be said for the rest of the Eastern Conference. While it’s still fairly noticeable that the former MVP is a bit rusty after being off the court for more than a year, D-Rose is slowly recovering his groove and the fact that he’s one of the stars in the league should make him worthy of some consideration.
6. Tony Parker - Spurs
The French point guard is often underrated, but he’s been the most important player for a Spurs team that’s already 10-1 in their first 11 games. The floor general has been able to put the team on his back on several occasions already this season and he seems to be ready to lead the franchise to another title.
5. Paul George - Pacers
The winner of the Most Improved Player Award last season is clearly not done with his improvements. He claimed the throne of the team last year with the injury of Danny Granger and he’s quickly cementing his status as one of the league’s superstars right now. Of course, it helps that the Indiana Pacers are 9-1 but it’s clear that they wouldn’t be near that record if it wasn’t for the versatile forward.
4. Kevin Durant - Thunder
Kevin Durant is not at his best so far this year and his percentages have dropped a bit after his stellar season, but that doesn’t mean he’s become a worse player. He’s still the leader on one of the league’s premier teams and if it wasn’t for three other players who have been absolutely spectacular to start the year, he would definitively be ranked higher.
3. Kevin Love - Timberwolves
After missing most of last year with several injuries, Kevin Love is back and so are the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team that could easily surprise in the Western Conference this year. Love has been a threat offensively and very serviceable on defense, claiming the throne of the best PF in the game right now and his stock could go higher if the Timberwolves keep stunning the league.
2. Chris Paul - Clippers
13 double-doubles in the first 13 games. Chris Paul now has the record for most consecutive double-doubles to start a season and he has been instrumental to the Los Angeles Clippers success. He could easily be considered the best player in the league right now if it wasn’t for the presence of some star on Miami.
1. LeBron James - Heat
All LeBron James has done this season is the following: shot over 60 percent from the floor, near 50 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 25.6 pts, 5.5 rebounds and nearly seven assists per game. LeBron is clearly the best player on the league and he will only get better as the season advances so he’s the clear favorite to win another MVP award once it’s all said and done.