Community Shootaround: Register early in the MVP race

With the sole exception of the Spurs, all of the NBA’s teams have played 18 to 20 games so far this season (San Antonio is at 17), meaning we’re only a quarter of the season through. With that in mind, today we’re taking a look at the top performances of 2021/22 so far.

The NBA’s top scorer by far is the same player that topped the leaderboard last season: Stephen the curry. Curry’s 28.2 PPG is nearly 4 points below his 2020/21 average, but it looks like he’ll have a much stronger case against which to consider Most Valuable Player this time around based on the display. performance of his team.

NS Warrior. Klay Thompson and James Wiseman to their rotation. Curry took the lead, knocking 41.8% out of 12.9 three-pointers per game, while scoring at 6.8 APG and 5.8 RPG. Golden State played as an average team when Curry was on the bench (-0.3 net) and a juggler all the time when he was on the field (+20.4).

As the top scorer on the NBA’s best roster, Curry will almost certainly win the MVP award if the season ends today, but if he or the Warriors slow down, there’s a lot many other candidates to consider, starting with last year’s winner.

miner center Nikola Jokic matched last season’s GPA (26.4 PPG) while setting new career highs in RPG (13.6), FG% (0.593) and 3PT% (.410) in time head. He also leads Denver in APG (6.4), and the gap between the team’s net stats when he’s on the field (+12.6) and off the field (-14.6) is even bigger than his. Curry.

Unfortunately, that realistic assessment with Jokic off the field could be what ultimately sinks his chances. The injured Nuggets have been brutal whenever the reigning MVP sits and it has resulted in a 10-10 average record so far. Like Curry a year ago, Jokic won’t win another MVP award if his team ends up in the play-in range.

So what about another star on the #1 seed? May 14 Nets, who have two games in the Eastern Conference, have been led by a version of Kevin Durant play at the pinnacle of his power. He’s right behind Curry in terms of lead (28.1 PPG) and has achieved a career-best .556 FG% along with 7.6 RPG and 5.3 APG. Brooklyn has a net score of +6.0 when he’s playing, compared to +0.3 when he’s sitting.

Durant’s case will be hurt a bit by the fact that he has another former MVP – James Harden – help him, but if the Nets ends up in the east without Kyrie Irving play at all, that would be a point in Durant’s favor.

Shove front Giannis Antetokounmpo, Slippers front Paul George, Heat swinger Jimmy Butler, Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, Sun guards Chris Paul and Devin Booker, and Bulls wing Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan are some of the other stars who would join the conversation if the season were to end today. Sixers center Joel Embiid and Lakers striker LeBron James and Anthony Davis is one of several others that can start a conversation if they stay healthy and their team moves up the leaderboard.

We want to know what you think. Is Curry the MVP so far? Who is the biggest threat to his prize if everyone stays healthy? Do you have a favorite black horse candidate? What would your five-person ballot look like at this point?

Go to the comments section below to share your thoughts! Community Shootaround: Register early in the MVP race

Chris Estrada

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