We are off to the races in the 2013-14 NBA season where it is never too early to announce our predictions for season accolades. The Most Valuable Player award is the most coveted in all of sports, the recipient must display a high level of play while being the leader of his respected teams. We often get lost in statistics rather than looking at the overall picture. As we enter the second quarter of the league schedule, here are your early candidates for Most Valuable Player award.
4. Paul George
As an emerging superstar in the NBA, Paul George is off to an amazing start during this early part of the season as he is the catalyst to the Indiana Pacers owning the best record in the Eastern Conference. Averaging 23.8 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game, the Pacers have put their faith in George to lead them to the promise land which is the NBA Finals. However, the overall success of the team can possibly deflate his chances to win the MVP trophy due to the strong supporting cast surrounding him. There are nights where George is not the best player on the floor for his team. Not a terrible thing to have in a team, but this can hinder his MVP argument at the end of the year.
3. LeBron James
LeBron James continues to display his dominance in the Eastern Conference as he attempts to lead the Miami Heat to a third straight NBA Championship. The four-time MVP is shooting the ball at a career high 60% from the field. On the other side, his numbers across the board have dropped in rebounds, his assists have decreased while his turnovers are at a career high 3.8 per game. James continues to lead the Heat this season, but has to improve his play in order to win a 3rd straight MVP trophy.
2. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant has expressed his strong feelings regarding himself being labeled as the 2nd best player in his short career. Ironically, he remains 2nd in the MVP race. Durant has shown growth in his game by adding different elements to his repertoire as he averages career highs in assists, dishing out nearly 5 assists per game and rebounds grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game. With that being said, he must continue the transition from fitting in to standing out. Having Oklahoma City Thunder one game behind out of first place, Durant has to find a way to separate himself from the other candidates to overtake the No. 1 spot.
1. LaMarcus Aldridge
Many people continue to under value and under appreciate what an outstanding power forward LaMarcus Aldridge is for the Portland TrailBlazers. With the best record in the NBA, Aldridge is averaging career highs in points and rebounds with 23.5 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game. He does not amaze you with you amazing highlights, but rather leads by example with terrific play on the court for Portland. He has become the dark horse and epitomizes what it is to be the Most Valuable Player to his team.