NBA midseason awards: Can anyone surpass Stephen Curry for MVP?

The Cavaliers are the class of the East. The Warriors are atop the West, with a small cadre of teams lurking behind. And Stephen Curry is the front-runner for the MVP.

In a lot of ways, the first half of this season is quite a bit like the whole of last season—at least until you dig a little deeper. The Warriors were off to a 24-0 start but appear to have at least one very serious West competitor in the revamped Spurs (and the Thunder are getting continually better, too). Despite a litany of injuries, the Cavs have put aside the early struggles they experienced last season and are the no-doubt sole contender in the East.

Meanwhile, the depths of the Eastern Conference have improved dramatically, several teams in the West are headed into decline and this year’s class of rookies has a chance to be transformative for multiple franchises. The year has been much the same as last year, yet significantly different in a lot of ways.

With that, we bring you the sames and not-sames for the league’s awards — with Sporting News’ Sean Deveney picking the winners while Adi Joseph explores who could pass them in the second half.

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Meanwhile, the depths of the Eastern Conference have improved dramatically, several teams in the West are headed into decline and this year’s class of rookies has a chance to be transformative for multiple franchises. The year has been much the same as last year, yet significantly different in a lot of ways.

With that, we bring you the sames and not-sames for the league’s awards — with Sporting News’ Sean Deveney picking the winners while Adi Joseph explores who could pass them in the second half.

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