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Trail Blazers Quarter-Season Awards: Most Valuable Player

Which Blazers player has excelled the most this year?

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The Portland Trail Blazers own a 6-16 record after 22 games of the 2023-24 regular season. They’re just passing the quarter pole for the year. That’s enough time to get an idea who they are while leaving room for hope and growth in the future. The Trail Blazers today—December 13th, 2023—look far different than the squad that started the season back in October. They’ll look different yet at the NBA All-Star Break.

In deference to that rapid, near-constant change, we’re resurrecting an old Blazer’s Edge tradition today: the Quarter-Season Awards. We’re asking you to vote for players in five different categories, nominating one (1) in each. At the end, we’ll tally the votes and see who walks away with the trophy. We’ll do it again at the halfway mark of the year and see how things have evolved.

For a few years now, this exercise has been tame or, frankly, non-existent. Voting for anyone else but Damian Lillard for MVP was nigh impossible. Most other roles on the team were set too. This year the excitement is back and the field is wide open! We want your opinion accordingly.

We’ve covered the other four categories—Most Improved, Defensive Player of the Quarter, Biggest Disappointment, and Most Inspirational—in preceding posts. Feel free to join those discussions all day long.

We end now with the biggest award of all: Most Valuable Player. You don’t need much prompting, other than a reminder that it’s OK to define “valuable” in different ways. However you define it, who’s the MVP of the team so far?

The comment section is open for your votes! Choose one (1) player for this category and share why you picked them over everyone else. Enjoy the conversation!