Analysis: Early NBA MVP race has crowded field of candidates


              Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren (0) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
            
              Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, right, shoots as Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
            
              Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
            
              Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac, right, shoots as Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
            
              Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (50) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren (0) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Analysis: Early NBA MVP race has crowded field of candidates