4. Chris Paul
For the first time in his hall-of-fame career, Chris Paul is considered a sixth man. CP3 was traded to the Golden State Warriors in a deal that sent Jordan Poole to the Washington Wizards, and the 12-time NBA All-Star is looking to add a ring to his decorated legacy.
Poole was a shoot-first point guard, while Paul will bring a completely different element to the Warriors at this late stage of his career – pure leadership.
No, he won’t have the flashiest scoring numbers at this stage of his career, but Paul will still end up being a favorite for the award if Golden State winds up finding themselves in title contention this season. He will be one of those players who will be measured by more than just his stats, which pains me to type as a big stats guy, but it makes sense considering the young players that Paul is leading off their bench (i.e., Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, Brandon Podziemski, etc.).
Right now, Paul is averaging 7.6 points per game, but he is seventh in the league in assists per game, averaging an impressive 8 dimes in 28.7 minutes.
Through seven games this season, Paul has +1000 odds to win the award.