The NBA is back and it’s time to overreact.
Before the season, a lot of us made our award predictions. Who will win MVP? ROTY? DPOY? At that time, we didn’t really have much to go off with. We had training camp and the preseason, but those weren’t too good of indicators to tell how a player was going to do in the season. Now, we have a week of games.
Let’s start off with the MVP Award. Now for the record, my MVP pick was LeBron James of the Lakers, but the Lakers are below .500 so far.
There are so many options for the MVP award so far this season. We’ve got guys that didn’t make the cut like Anthony Davis who has lead the Pelicans to an undefeated 3-0 start while putting up great stats.
We have Nikola Jokic who is currently putting up career-highs while leading his team to 4-1 record, which is tied for the 2nd best record in the West (not to mention his 35-point triple double without missing a single shot).
And let’s not forget about Stephen Curry who silenced his doubters by scoring 51 points in 31 minutes in his last game and leading the league in scoring as the Warriors have a 4-1 record to start the season.
Let’s take a look at the Top 3 MVP candidates as of this moment.
Blake Griffin has started out ON FIRE, averaging 33.8 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 5.0 apg on an insane 58% from the field and 65% from three. The Pistons are currently tied for 2nd in the Eastern Conference, with an undefeated 4-0 record.
“The Klaw” Kawhi Leonard is fitting in quite nicely with his new team, after being traded to the Raptors during the offseason. So far, he is averaging 28.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg while shooting 51% from the field and 47% from deep. Not to mention, he has lead his Raptors team to the best record in the league with a 5-0 record, after playing in only 9 games last season.
The final candidate for this award has to be the Greek Freak himself, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Leading the Bucks to a 4-0 record (tied with the Pistons), Giannis has averaged 28.5 ppg, 16.5 rpg, 6.8 apg, 1.0 spg and 1.8 bpg, while shooting 47% from the field in the last 4 games. He is 7th in points per game, 2nd in rebounds per game, 13th in assists per game, and 15th in blocks per game, solidifying himself as both an offensive threat and a DPOY candidate.
An article regarding the ROTY & 6MOTY awards will be posted soon and an article regarding the rest of the awards (DPOY, MIP & COTY) will be posted a few days later. Stay tuned!