With the NBA season currently on the tail end of its second week, several players have emerged as the best in the league after leading their teams to the top of standings. Each week I will bestow upon you an updated “unbiased” power ranking list which should organically change with a slew of star players battling it out for the coveted 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Unlike other MVP rankings, I will avoid the easy route of selecting the same old popular players by default.
I am strictly rewarding players based on performance, team record, and overall impact. With that being said, lets get it on!
Updated Ranking –> MVP POWER RANKINGS & Prediction – January 2015
After a blowout loss by the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a rocky start with an overall record of 2-3. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waters have been less than “team players” while LeBron James and Kevin Love haven’t exactly dominated in the same fashion they’re accustomed to. James has been proactive in taking the helm, unfortunately, he has to deal with a couple of knuckleheads who haven’t experienced the sensation of NBA title success. The Cavaliers are ranked No.1 in the league when it comes to isolation offense — a statistic that has to change of this team wants to be successful. Due to the sub-par play of the Cavs, James doesn’t make the MVP list this week, but RELAX, James will find a way to command this team to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
7. John Wall
Wall could have easily ranked higher on my list, unfortunately I couldn’t justify ranking him above the top-7 players on this weeks power rankings. Still, Wall has been one of the more efficient point guards in the Eastern Conference with an average of 19 points and 8.7 assists, ranking him top-5 in the NBA among point guards distributing the rock. Wall is clearly the engine that runs the Wizards’ offense, and I’m sure we’ll hear his name mentioned frequently among the top MVP candidates this season.
Lets be real, Cousins has always possessed the talent to be a top-10 player in the NBA, he’s arguably the most offensively efficient center in the league, unfortunately, the shortcomings of his team have overshadowed individual accolades. Could this season be the year where it all changes? From an MVP standpoint, Cousins has the stats to back it up, and the Kings are off to a great start, but I think this team has to experience significant regular season success– until then, the MVP talk might not last.
5. Marc Gasol
Gasol has been one of the most versatile big men in the NBA for several seasons, and this year he’s off to a career start after averaging more than 21 points, 7.8 rebounds, and three assists. The Grizzlies are also off to a great start with a 5-0 record while the teams defensive efforts through 48 minutes have displayed some significant improvements thanks to a healthy roster. Thus far, Gasol and company have the look of a team on a mission. Has Marc finally caught up to his older brother Pau to become the better of the Gasol brothers? Keep a look out for Gasol as the MVP race continues throughout the regular season.