If Denver can climb just a little bit, I will consider Jokic a lot more.
Right now I'd vote for Giannis, in what is kind of a weird year with a lot of candidates on teams riddled with issues.
This thing is far from over though. Any of Giannis, Jokic, Durant and even Curry still have a lot of room left to take the lead. And don't let me forget about Embiid.
Lakers suck and LeBron is blatantly stat padding trying to catch the cumulative awards. I wouldn't even consider LeBron and its hilarious to me that his name even came up at all, very predictable stuff. LeBron has a literal army of writers and talking heads that refuse to prioritize anything else. This same group said Jokic "can't win" because of team record. If the Lakers make a dramatic turn around I'll eat my words, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that. They really are very fortunate to even be a.500 team.
"And always remember: one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, knick knack, paddy whack, give a dog a bone, two thousand, zero, zero, party, oops! Out of time, my bacon smellin' fine."