NBA: 5 early-season dark horse MVP candidates

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5. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Ice Trae!

Trae Young has been prolific thus far. He has completely maximized his strengths and taken his game to the next level. Young currently averages 28 points per game, 8.7 assists, while shooting 44 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. Young has become a deadly threat on the offensive end with the ability to hit any shot passed half-court.

After failing to win Rookie of The Year a season ago Trae Young has burst into the scene with a vengeance. Atlanta got themselves a franchise guard and a potential MVP player.

His nifty handle along with his patience in the pick-and-roll game allows him to elude defenders and get to any spot on the court with ease. In just his second season, he has showcased his evolved decision making and maturity as a point guard, ultimately, allowing his playmaking abilities to flourish on the court.

Young’s 8.4 assists per game have him ranked fifth in the league.

The Atlanta Hawks currently sit at 11th place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-6 record. The suspension of John Collins doesn’t make things easier for this young club. With that being said, if Trae Young can continue his league dominance, then the playoffs are in sight for the Hawks. Moreover, if Young takes his team to the playoffs with similar numbers then he will undoubtedly be in the MVP conversation.