MVP – LeBron James

Statistically, a couple of guys have gotten off to a hotter start (James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis), though LeBron has been no slouch numbers-wise himself.  But when you take into account team performance – and the fact that LeBron’s defending champion Cavaliers lost to the Indiana Pacers decisively when he did not play, despite having two All-Star level players in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on the floor – lets you know all that you need to know.  James Harden is also extremely worthy of votes as well, seeing as he literally is controlling a dynamic Houston Rockets offense, and he may very well end up leading the league in both scoring and assists, a feat not accomplished since the Hall of Famer Nate “Tiny” Archibald did it decades ago.