The NBA season is only three weeks old, but Nikola Jokic has already moved noticeably ahead of the pack in the MVP race.
The latest: Jokic, who finished runner-up last year, is back in pole position to win for a third time in four seasons. Last year's vote was a three-horse race, with Joel Embiid slipping past both Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo to claim the award for the first time.
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If you thought Jokic should've won MVP last year, you have a completely justifiable case.
With 24.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists per game, Jokic was just a whisker shy of averaging a triple-double. The two-time MVP was also more efficient than ever before, posting a 66.0% effective field goal rate.
By stuffing the stat sheet across the board in ways that no one else does, Jokic profiles as an inevitability in the MVP conversation.
His second-place finish last year is a credit to Embiid's league-leading 33.1 points per game — and perhaps a bit of voter fatigue after the Serbian centre won in each of the prior two seasons.
If a lack of scoring is what cost Jokic last year, he's done his best to dispel that concern so far in 2023-24. Jokic is averaging a career-high 29.8 points on a career-high 19.8 shots per game.
Quite frankly, he looks like a steady and unstoppable machine. Jokic has 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in all 10 games while averaging 8.3 assists, too.
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It's very early, but Doncic is averaging an NBA-high 32.6 points per game so far. He's also on pace to average at least eight rebounds and eight assists for the fifth consecutive campaign.
Even with another ball-dominant guard as a teammate in Kyrie Irving, Doncic posted the third-highest usage rate in the NBA last year, per NBA.com. And he deserves it.
Another high-usage, high-scoring season from a point guard who assists and rebounds well is a great recipe for winning MVP.
And while Doncic chases Jokic in the MVP race, their teams are tied atop the Western Conference standings at 8-2 apiece.
Edwards has made a steady ascent through his three-plus seasons in the NBA, and for the first time, it looks like he'll be part of a larger MVP conversation.
The former No. 1 overall draftee has improved his points, rebounds and assists numbers on a per-game basis in each of his four seasons. This year, he's averaging 28.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting a respectable 48.7% from the floor.
Minnesota clearly trusts Edwards to run the show, evidenced by the fact that he leads the team in shot attempts (21.4/game). Karl-Anthony Towns is the only other player on the team who's attempting double-digit shots per game.
Edwards is as likely to dunk over you as he is to hit a step-back three. His athleticism and lack of fear are great for the highlight reel and the box score as a whole.