It's never too early to start handing out fake hardware in the NBA, especially during the dog days of August.
And who in The Association is more deserving of accolades right now than LeBron James? In less than a calendar year, he's managed to rack up the regular season MVP, the Finals MVP, his first NBA title and his second Olympic gold medal.
Simply put, the dude's on a roll and, frankly, has been for some time. It wouldn't exactly be unreasonable, then, to award LeBron his fourth Maurice Podoloff Trophy.
Even though NBA training camps don't open for nearly seven weeks.
Still, there's plenty of reason to believe that—barring injury or some other season-dismantling catastrophe—the 2012-13 MVP is already James' to lose.