There’s a lot of familiar faces who are leading the race for MVP right now, even though we’re still early on in the season. Let’s run over some of the top candidates.
Though Kevin Durant isn’t leading the league in scoring, he’s not far behind and is doing a lot of other things extremely well too. More importantly, his team is winning at an alarming rate, with the Oklahoma City Thunder at 17-4 and in first place in the Southwest Division.
Durant is averaging 27.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, good for a PER of 27.69. The rebound and assist numbers are career highs and he’s shooting 50.6 percent from the floor and 44.0 percent from beyond the arc. He’s been scarily efficient so far this season and that’s a big reason why the Thunder have been one of the better teams in the NBA so far.
Next on our list has to be LeBron James, who won the award last year. The Miami Heat haven’t been dominating teams like many thought they would, but no one can blame James for that. He’s averaging 25.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists a contest, and his PER leads the league at 29.15.
Our third candidate is Carmelo Anthony. He has looked super focused on both ends of the court this season and is putting up 27.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He’s connecting on a ridiculous 44.9 percent from three and just dropped 45 on the Brooklyn Nets the other night. One of the best pure scorers the game has ever seen, Anthony has been a huge part of New York’s early success.
Those are the three main contenders in our eyes, though there could be honorable mentions for the likes of Kobe Bryant and James Harden. Kobe leads the league in scoring at 29.2 points per game, but his Lakers are struggling and the MVP never gets awarded to a player on a losing team.
As for Harden, he’s quickly transformed into one of the elite players in the league with the Houston Rockets, but like Bryant, his team needs to start winning more games in order for him to any real consideration.