The NBA is in its stretch run. With the All-Star Break over, it’s time to look at where the various award races stand. Here’s what my ballot would be if the season ended today, factoring in injuries. (Get well soon, Andre Roberson.)
Most Valuable Player: Harden’s Totally Surmountable Mile-Wide Lead
- James Harden, G, Houston Rockets (-270)
- DeMar DeRozan, G, Toronto Raptors (+3300)
- Steph Curry, G, Golden State Warriors (+2000)
Harden’s lead has swelled since he returned from a knee injury last month. A 60-point triple-double and a run to overtake Golden State for the No. 1 seed will do that for you. Even if Harden weren’t leading the league in scoring at over 31 points per game and second in assists at 9.4 dimes per game with 45-38-87 shooting splits, he’d still probably be leading on account of the “best player on the best team” requirement.