"He's probably the number one candidate," James said, according to ESPN.com's Nick Friedell. "Not even being biased, that's one of my best friends. Just looking at the teams."
Wade opened the season as the Cavaliers' starting shooting guard, but that experiment lasted three games.
All told, Wade is averaging 11.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 43.5 percent from the field.
"I think any role that has to do with winning suits him," said Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, who coached Wade between 2008-2016, per Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor. "That's what he's been about his whole career. And it shows the kind of guy that he is that he's willing to sacrifice in this role to provide something different that he's done before in his career. You can see that he's playing that role well."
While Wade is certainly in the mix for the hardware at this early juncture, the Denver Nuggets' Will Barton may have something to say about that.
Through 21 games, Barton is pouring in 15.4 points per game on 48.0 percent shooting from the field, including a career-best 43.1 percent from three.