Which five players are bringing it the most so far this season? There’s plenty of superstar power in the NBA right now, so here’s our list of early MVP candidates.
We have to start with last year’s MVP, LeBron James. He has picked up right where he left off, averaging 25.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists for the Heat, a team that have rocketed out to a 11-3 start and first place position in the Southeast Division.
With the pressure finally off, you can see LeBron has taken his game to the next level. He’s making much better decisions on the basketball court and has become even more efficient, a scary thought for the rest of the league.
Chomping on his heels is pal Kevin Durant, who LeBron bested in the NBA Finals. Durant is putting up 26.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.4 dimes a contest, and has the Thunder playing better basketball on both ends of the floor than essentially every other team in the association. Oklahoma City is winning on a consistent basis and should continue to do so going forward.
Third on our MVP list is Carmelo Anthony, who’s averaging 26.5 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Knicks this season. Since becoming the permanent starter at power forward, his game has improved even more and he’s still shooting a ridiculous 45.1 percent from three. Melo’s been so good at the four that it’s become apparent that Amare Stoudemire will have to come off the bench when he’s healthy.
Our final two candidates, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul, are having excellent seasons. Kobe is leading the league in scoring and continues to defy his age, while Paul may not be scoring at a great clip but still is running the Clippers beautifully.