Last year the next four top M.I.P. vote getters were Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Otto Potter and Isaiah Thomas and three of them should be early favorites this year.
There has been a lot of reluctance to label the Toronto Raptors three-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan as a superstar in the NBA, but on ESPN in Los Angeles there is no such hesitation.
Isaiah Thomas is on a bargain contract and the Boston Celtics needed to include Jae Crowder to make the trade math work, but before next season is over, he could be seen as the jewel of deal by the Cavaliers.
The dust has settled, those big name players have found new homes and the best Big 3s in the NBA East remain on the best teams from last season.
Some forty years ago as a young engineering student this scribe accidentally lucked into finding out the UofT offered a palaeontology course at the ROM that qualified as an equivalent to a rather dry geology course held in a classroom setting.
The Indiana Pacers were livid about what they saw as overt tampering by the Los Angeles Lakers with respect to Paul George and the NBA has confirmed their was enough evidence to fine the Lakers.
The Toronto Raptors take a lot of flak locally for their isolation style of play even though they have one of the NBA’s best and most efficient iso scorers in DeMar DeRozan.