NBA awards watch: MVP, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and more

Draymond Green has charged to the front of the line for Defensive Player of the Year. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

As we approach the end of 2021 -- now two full months into the NBA season -- it's time to look around the league and reassess the award races, from MVP and Rookie of the Year to the Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player and Defensive Player of the Year.

Which players have moved to the front and become the odds-on favorites? And which long shots still have a chance to sneak in and win the award?

Here's where things are near the end of December.