The NBA conducted a mid-season media survey on various topics. Some include early voting for awards like Most Improved or Underrated Player of the Season. They also voted on the best players in the NBA by position. In the end, the votes resulted in a top player winning by a clear margin for each position.
According to the media, here are the top players by position in the NBA:
PG: Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks
For a while, Stephen Curry was considered the best point guard in the NBA. This season, however, Doncic has surprisingly conquered the league and put in one of the best offensive runs of all time. Additionally, he has guided what appears to be a mediocre-at-best Mavericks team into one of the top-five seeds in the Western Conference. After a historic 60/20/10 game and two other 50+ performances, he’s earned a lot of respect from fans across the league.
SG: Donovan Mitchell – Cleveland Cavaliers
Mitchell is the second player on this list to earn a lot of respect for a historic feat. Just two days into the new year, he had 71, the seventh most points in NBA history, along with 11 assists and eight rebounds. That stat line is one of the largest on record and the most points scored in a game since Kobe Bryant scored 81.
His addition to the Cavaliers has had a significant impact as the team sits fifth in the Eastern Conference. Mitchell’s performance this season has bolstered his case for the league’s top shooting guard.
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SF: Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics
The best small forward in the league is the midseason MVP for the best team in the league.
Although he didn’t do it alone, Tatum’s 30 PPG was a major source of the Celtics’ success. At 24, Tatum has earned more respect than ever and is having the best season of his career. He took the Celtics to the Finals a season ago and now has the best record in the NBA.
Tatum, along with Jaylen Brown, will be looking to return to the NBA Finals this year and leave with a much better result.
PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks
Antetokounmpo has been advocating the best power forward for many years. Statistically, he’s having the best season of his career while leading the Bucks to third place in the Eastern Conference midseason. The two-time MVP is back in the talks, but the Bucks’ recent tough games have knocked him down the MVP ladder.
Still, the team has displayed some elite sparks throughout the season, largely due to the Greek freak’s play himself. A second championship ring could be on the cards for Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.
C: Nikola Jokic – Denver Nuggets
The Joker has made a name for itself in recent years, winning consecutive seasons of MVP awards. This season, he’s on track to win his third MVP award in as many years as the Nuggets lead the Western Conference in 40 games.
While Jokic’s scoring numbers are down slightly, his play style was off the charts and averaged the most assists of his career. As the Nuggets get healthier this year, they have a legitimate shot at winning a championship.