By Joel Devick
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Milwaukee Bucks
“Greek Freak” is a fitting nickname for Giannis Antetokounmpo, but fans might need to call him “Greek MVP” after this season. The lifeblood of the Bucks has been on a tear to start the season, and people have noticed. While leading the Bucks to a 4-2 record, Antetokounmpo has stuffed box scores with an insane 34.7 points per game on .631 field goal percentage. With numbers like those and the influence like he has on the Bucks, Antetokounmpo may not ever need to fix the broken jumper that is currently the weak spot of his game.
Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook, reigning league MVP and current point guard for the most intriguing team experiment in the NBA, is having a fast start by even his standards. At this point last season, Westbrook had only two triple-doubles out of his record 42 last year. Westbrook now has three in six games. Those stats are impressive given he is playing with a much better team around him after the Thunder acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the offseason.
Steph Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
Large fine for throwing his mouthpiece at an official aside, Steph Curry has been cooking as of late. Curry has averaged a nice 4.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists to go along with 28 points a game. The Warriors have not gotten off to the start people thought their loaded squad would, but things will balance out, and with a red-hot Curry leading the charge, it will happen sooner rather than later.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, New Orleans Pelicans
DeMarcus Cousins just needed a game against his former team to start showing out as the MVP we knew he could be. Cousins torched the Sacramento Kings last Thursday for 41 points and 23 rebounds, and he has tallied seven double doubles and one triple double in this young season. Cousins and frontcourt mate Anthony Davis are both having good starts to the season. It will be interesting to see how things go for the two as the season progresses, and if they can continue to both have great seasons while playing with each other.