Last time we took a look at the races for the NBA's six major awards, we were but a week into the 2013-14 season. Surely, it was too early to make any meaningful projections, regardless of the equestrian terms in which we couched them.
And yet, here we are, a month deeper into the campaign, and...well, not much has changed.
Among those in line for league honors, that is. The basketball landscape itself has shifted rather grotesquely, to the point where the Eastern Conference is scrambling just to find teams with non-losing records while the West is practically teeming with them.
As for the metaphorical horse races in which the Association's top players and coaches are embroiled, the field has held relatively steady. Four out of the six picks are the same as they were back in early November, albeit with some shuffling among the other contenders.
It's still way too early to definitively cast one man or another as the prohibitive favorite for this or that award. It's not too early, though, to update the races themselves and handicap the competition accordingly.