Several surprises play their way into early season MVP discussion with the usual suspects

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, center, drives to the basket as San Antonio Spurs center Charles Bassey, left, and forward Julian Champagnie defend in the second half of a game on Sunday in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey, right, goes up for a shot over Oklahoma CIty Thunder forward Kenrich Williams, left, in the first half of a game Saturday in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)

DENVER — SGA for MVP has a certain ring to it. The notion isn’t far-fetched, either.