A straw poll of 101 media members was conducted to gauge the early MVP race has Giannis Antetokounmpo as the frontrunner.

Antetokounmpo received 48 first-place votes and was the only player to appear on all 101 ballots.

LeBron James, Luka Doncic and James Harden trail Antetokounmpo in the straw poll. James received 29 first-place votes, 651 points, named on 100 ballots. Doncic received 14 first-place votes, 569 points and is on 99 ballots. Harden received nine first-place votes, 444 points and is on 97 ballots.

Antetokounmpo won the MVP last season with Harden finishing second.

Pascal Siakam ended up coming in fifth in the straw poll with 52 points ahead of Kawhi Leonard (49) and Anthony Davis (38).