Every team has now played at least 20 games, which means that the NBA season is officially one-quarter of the way complete. The league does not recognize quarter-season achievements, most likely because they want to save all that money it would take to produce those extra trophies, but that is no reason the rest of us cannot recognize these early-season performances.
After all, none of our award winners get actual, tangible trophies they can hold in their hands. (Sorry, guys.)
Almost every one of our choices is somewhat controversial. That is the way it should be. Nobody should be lapping the field in any award category this early, and the great thing about midseason award-giving is that the selections are still open to debate.
So whether you feel that Damian Lillard still has a way to go to surpass Anthony Davis for Rookie of the Year or if you are still on the fence about the Sixth Man of the Year, take a look at our picks and then offer yours if you disagree.