The NBA is still months away from naming the winners of its annual awards, but that doesn't mean we here at Bleacher Report can't take the opportunity to get in the giving spirit of the holiday season and take a look at the likely honorees.
The races have shifted considerably since last we handicapped the six major races around the Association. Some players have succumbed to injuries, others have stepped into new roles on their respective squads and still others have seen their fortunes rise and fall with those of their teams in the standings.
(As have some of the league's top coaches.)
You can expect to see plenty more movement on all fronts now that most of the players involved in transactions this past summer are eligible to be traded.
But before the NBA goes haywire with even more trades, let's refresh the awards races to see who's got the edge and who's coming on strong in each category.