2017-18 NBA MVP Race: Who's at the top of our list?
2017-18 NBA MVP Race: The Best of the Best
The 2017-18 NBA MVP race is guaranteed to change throughout the season, as the league's best players hit their highs or struggle through slumps. Here's our latest ranking of players in the hunt.
7. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
2017-18 Stats: 24.1 PPG, 5.0 APG, 1.2 SPG, 24.41 PER
The Celtics have won six straight, but Irving has been on the quieter side over the past few games.
Just 16 points per game in the last three, shooting just 36 percent, although he's chipped in eight rebounds and six assists over that span.
6. Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors
2017-18 Stats: 27.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 29.63 PER
Since last Wednesday, Curry has shot 23-of-49 from three, averaging 34.5 points per game, to go along with six rebounds, and over six assists per game.
Since his first game back from that ankle sprain, the Warriors are 5-0 and have averaged 127 points per game.
5. DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors
2017-18 Stats: 25.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 5.0 APG, 24.22 PER
So far in January, DeRozan has been one of the hottest players in the NBA, along with Steph Curry.
35.5 points per game on 52 percent shooting, to go along with six assists and almost two steals per game.
Toronto hasn't lost since Dec. 27.
4. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
2017-18 Stats: 25.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 5.3 APG, 24.76 PER
After missing the last three games with a right calf strain, Durant looks set to return Wednesday against the Clippers after logging a full practice.
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
2017-18 Stats: 28.7 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.3 BPG, 30.15 PER
Averaging 26.4 points per game over his last five, The Greek Freak continues to climb, helping the Bucks stay in the Top-10 of our NBA Power Rankings.
He also scored 34, adding 12 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in a win over the Wizards.
2. James Harden, Houston Rockets
2017-18 Stats: 32.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 9.1 APG, 30.46 PER
Harden has been out since Dec. 31 with a hamstring strain, and it could still be weeks before he comes back.
The Rockets fell into a sudden slump when he was still in the lineup, but it's continued with him out.
1. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
2017-18 Stats: 27.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 9.0 APG, 29.96PER
For now, LeBron stays at the top, but his Cavs are struggling again, stuck in the middle of a 3-6 stretch.
In four games so far in January, LeBron is averaging just 21.4 points per game, while the Cavs are just 2-2.