Early favorites for NBA hardware

We are at the midway point of the NBA season. Not everything is going as expected, which is making for a very interesting campaign.

Read through the five candidates below for MVP and cast your vote in the poll on the left-hand side of the page. Then click on other five awards on the right side of the page. Continue through the six awards and see how your votes compare to the rest of SportsNation.

Tracy McGrady
The NBA's leading scorer, McGrady just keeps knockin' em down despite the absence of Grant Hill and the added focus he's receiving from the opposition. If the Magic want to extend their season, it's all on McGrady's shoulders.

Tim Duncan
Duncan has faced the formidable task of improving his MVP performance from last season. Despite his usual slow start, he has once again taken charge of the offense and his defense is better than ever. Now if he can just start draining those free throws.

Jason Kidd
The main knock on Kidd has been his shooting, but look at him now -- he's flirting with career bests in field goal percentage, three point percentage, and points per game. He has the Nets in first place with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Kevin Garnett
The Timberwolves might be only in the middle of the pack, but without Garnett, they wouldn't be anywhere at all. He's put the team on his back and kept them in contention. Every year Garnett has been in the league, he has improved his assists per game.

Chris Webber
Is this the Kings' year? The way Webber is playing, it very well could be. Webber has been coming up big when it counts, in wins over the Lakers (25 pts., 15 reb., 6 ast.) and Mavs (29 pts., 15 reb., 11 ast.).