The Houston Rockets alone has 3 serious contenders for the MIP in Harden, Omer Asik and recently Patrick Peterson. PP has added 3pt shooting to his skill set and it really helped him and the team too, he scored more than 20 in the last 3 games
oh, and i forgot Chandler Parson
DeAndre Jordan, Nick Batum!!... There a looooot of good candidates so far this season
Let's not forget OJ Mayo as far as MIP is concerned.
Greivis Vasquez! awesome season so far with 8.7 assists per game which top 5 in the NBA. Add in Larry Sanders who after that incredible 10 block game is fourth in the NBA in blocks and off the bench too!
All of the above. I wouldn't consider OJ though. He put up similar numbers his rookie year.
dude leads the league in turnovers, only play with more is kobe!
Why hasn't anyone said Larry Sanders? He went from bench fodder to a shotblocking monster this year
Favors, Turner, Varejao
what about serge ibaka?
I'm not really sure if Harden is a candidate, because he's always been capable of putting up those numbers. He just didn't get the opportunity since he was only the 3rd best player on the Thunder.
Holiday, Patterson, and Vasquez are my top 3.
And I just thought I should point this out. OJ Mayo is shooting 53% from 3 on 5.5 attempts a game.
I'm with SubZero. I don't think Harden has really improved to be honest. Statistically, he's actually gotten worse in just about every statistical category.
My picks would be Patrick Patterson, Larry Sanders, and Jrue Holiday (off the top of my head). Vasquez is probably up there too, though I don't think he's improved so much as he's just in a much better situation this year.
Kevin Durant? You could argue that he's raised his level of play another notch in terms of rebounding and play making. He is a far more dangerous basketball player than he was in his Finals appearance last season.
Still extremely early in the season, so this on small sample sizes.
But Anderson Varejao would get my vote.
He should be an all-star, but he was playing pretty close to this level last year before he got hurt too.
BATUM by a landslide......asik a distant second,,,i tell you what though the bulls are really missing his activity....but business is business...
Varejao to me
For me i have to nominate Carmelo Anthony. He has been playing good defense and is finding his open teammates, the 2 things everybody has hated on him for throughout his career..