The NBA season started a month ago and the time has come to take stock of the MVP Race. In this first volume, we are interested in players who are not very far from the account but have not made it into our top 5, then to those who started so strong that their name is more than legitimate at the moment. .
If you missed volume 1 of our Rookie Race, it’s here!
Rookie Race Vol.1: Mobley and Barnes start strong, who to stop them?
Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers)
In the absence of Kawhi Leonard, the way « PG » holds the reins of the Clippers is admirable. The Californian is remarkably consistent on both sides of the field and if he is not in the top 5, this is only an unfair consideration of the trend of the last few days, where a few candidates have been more bloody .
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Just because the Bucks have delayed ignition due to injuries and leftover champagne in their bodies doesn’t mean the Greek Freak has given up on releasing stats from another world. Despite Milwaukee’s 10th place in the East, the double MVP turns 28 points, 11 rebounds and almost 6 assists. Let’s wait a bit for the reigning champions to quietly climb back into the top 4 or 5 in the East and we’ll talk about the possibility of a third crown for Giannis.
Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies)
The Grizzlies are a bit erratic at the start of the season, but one thing doesn’t change with almost every game: Ja Morant’s level of play and All-Star transformation. The former Murray State point guard offers a formidable cocktail of productivity and spectacle, while relatively often making his team win. Morant runs at 26 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds while shooting at 50%. He can hardly do more to qualify Memphis, this time directly, for the playoffs.
Chris Paul and Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
The Suns are built in such a way that it is almost impossible for them to have an MVP at the end of the season, even taking second place in the West and winning 10 games in a row as is the case in this moment. That said, that’s not why it’s worth denying the valuable and deserving side of the Chris Paul-Devin Booker tandem.
CP3 runs at 14 points, 10 assists and more than 2 steals on average by being a real assassin in the 4th quarter of most games since the start of the NBA season. Booker marks him a bit less than last season, but he distributes the game much better and remains very important to change the dynamics of the matches according to his goodwill.