by Marc Valencia

  • Russell Westbrook, OKC

Since KD joined the Warriors, Westbrook will be the no. 1 offensive option for the first time in his career. He’ll be the main man for the Thunder. We can’t doubt the all-around game of Westbrook, he can score, set up his teammates very well, play defense and also collect rebounds.

The 27 year old point guard out of UCLA finished top 5 in the MVP Ladder last season behind Stephen Curry & company, and it wouldn’t be very shocking to see him averaging a triple-double this season.

2015-2016 Average: 23.5 ppg | 7.8 rpg | 10.4 apg | 2.0 spg | 0.3 bpg | 4.3 tos

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  • LeBron James, CLE

James, the 2016 Finals MVP. James’ performance last season was incredible, he led his team to a championship run by coming back to 3-1 deficit against the 73-9 Warriors.

As we all know, King James is a great all-around player and simply unstoppable when driving to the rim. It would NOT be extremely stunning to see the King to win another one to tie him with Michael Jordan and Bill Russell for second place with five MVP grants.

2015-2016 Average: 25.3 ppg | 7.4 rpg | 6.8 apg | 1.4 spg | 0.6 bpg | 3.3 tos

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  • James Harden, HOU

Harden may not play much defense, but he is unstoppable when talking about offense. As we take a look back, The Beard finished top 2 on the MVP Ladder two years ago behind Stephen Curry.

The left-handed assassin is now the primary point guard for the Rockets this season as Mike D’Antoni said. Being a full-time point guard for his team, I think Harden can ran the offense perfectly with his ability to score and set his teammates to the right spot.

Averaged: 29.0 ppg | 6.1 rpg | 7.5 apg | 1.7 spg | 0.6 bpg | 4.6 tos

 

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 17: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers during Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals at the Toyota Center for the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 17, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

  • Kawhi Leonard, SAS

Leonard is the simplest and most humble player in the league right now. He is improving every season, and that improvement led to a back to back Defensive Player of the Year award and an All-Star appearance.

The 2014 Finals MVP is already knocking on the league’s door, and this season is another season for improvement. That improvement can led him to a MVP award.

2015-2016 Average: 21.2 ppg | 6.8 rpg | 6.8 apg | 2.0 spg | 1.8 bpg | 1.5 tos

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  • Damian Lillard, POR

Lillard is the dark horse in this list, but he is now playing in an elite level. Last season, Dame DOLLA led his team to the playoffs while losing four starters and letting the analysts to eat their own words after doubting; and saying that the Blazers will not get into the playoffs.

After being snubbed in the All-Star team last season, the #0 guard from Oakland already proved that he is in the Top 5 Point Guards in the league.

2015-2016 Average: 25.1 ppg | 4.0 rpg | 6.8 apg | 0.9 spg | 0.4 bpg | 3.2 tos

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on during a game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2014 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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