The Celtics lost Gordon Hayward early in the season to a horrific injury and could have folded, but they haven’t missed a beat thanks to the leadership of Kyrie Irving. He is doing a great job of picking his spots and allowing other players to grow; Irving has also been the best fourth quarter scorer so far this season.
2) LeBron James:
Cavs got off to a slow start but have won 14 of their last 15 games. James is averaging an amazing 28 ppg 8 rebounds and 9 assists. He is proving that he is still the best player in the game, showing great durability and physical strength on the floor.
3) James Harden:
Harden continues to show how offensively sound he really is, averaging a blazing 32 ppg while dishing out 9 assists. He is doing this largely without Chris Paul who missed a good chunk of time at the beginning of the season. Harden is shooting 41% from three and 46% overall.
4) LaMarcus Aldridge:
The Spurs have been hit with the injury bug pretty hard this season but still manage to be third in the Western Conference--without best player Kawhi Leonard. Aldridge has been the major reason for their success, averaging around 23 ppg and 8 rebounds. He has regained his All-Star form and has kept the Spurs competitive.