The NBA season is still very young but that isn’t stopping people from contemplating who might claim end-of-season awards.
Fans and analysts are speculating about who will be named Most Improved Player, Sixth Man of the Year, and especially MVP.
It will be a crowded race for that trophy, and a lot can change between now and the end of the season, but NBA.com, via NBACentral, has already compiled a list of MVP candidates.
Sitting atop is Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, but Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers also made the list, claiming the eighth spot.
https://t.co/wWGNmWnCY9’s MVP Ladder:
1. Nikola Jokic
2. Joel Embiid
3. Luka Doncic
4. Jayson Tatum
5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
6. Stephen Curry
7. Anthony Edwards
8. Donovan Mitchell
9. Tyrese Haliburton
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) November 10, 2023
Other players on this list include Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Stephen Curry, Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton, and Giannis Antetokounmpo round out the rest of the list.
Mitchell’s inclusion is no mistake.
So far this season, the guard is putting up 30.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.6 assists.
While the team is not yet surging like fans had hoped (they currently have a 3-5 record), Mitchell is definitely again playing like a superstar.
If his current numbers hold, this will statistically be the best season of his career.
How will that help the Cavaliers, and where will they end up when the season is over?
They have faced a few tough losses so far this season, including against the Thunder, Indiana Pacers, and New York Knicks.
On Saturday night, they will participate in the second game on their road trip, this time against the Golden State Warriors.
During his last game, Mitchell scored 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
What will he do against the Warriors on Saturday night?