As we near the midway point of the season, it's time to take a look at some of the stories developing in season 1 of the Baseline.Battle for the TitleThe Western Conference looks to be a two horse race between the Golden St Warriors and the New Orleans Hornets. The Warriors have shooters everywhere, and look to out score their opponents. The Hornets are led by a rookie, but not the one you'd expect. While #1 overall pick Anthony Davis is producing, it is rookie G Austin Rivers that is among the league leaders in scoring. The dark horse in this race is the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant is unstoppable, and if Hardin and Westbrook can find their shots watch out come playoff time. The Eastern Conference picture is a lot more difficult to handicap. The Knicks are the favorites and do have the best record in the league. However, several teams are nipping at their heels. Chicago and Derrick Rose are a dangerous team. The Brooklyn Nets are looking good with the back court duo of Williams and Johnson. The Hawks made a big move to acquire JaVale McGee and Anthony Randolph. This will make them tough in the paint, and tough for other bigs to stay with on the break. The Cleveland Cavilers may be a team to come together come playoff time. Kyrie Irving is killing everyone he faces, but he'll need some help to make a run in the playoffs. MVP Race While the talk of the league has been Kyrie and Rivers, the MVP usually goes to the best player on the best team. So far, that has to be Carmelo Anthony. Melo is 4th in the league in scoring, throws in six boards a game, and is shooting 62% from the field. Derrick Rose is also in the running with his 26.6 ppg and 8 dimes. Kyrie Irving will get some votes. Without him, the Cavs would be a D-League team, or worse the Orlando Magic Kevin Durant is leading the league in scoring, but let's be honest. You can close your eyes with Durant and still score 25 a game. Rookie of the Year The Rookie of the Year award is a two horse race between Bradley Beal and Austin Rivers. Both players are averaging around 23 ppp, but the success of the Hornets makes Rivers the favorite. Look out for Damian Lillard. He is averaging 16 ppg, but what's most impressive is his 9 assists a game. The Race to be the League's Punching Bag Three teams are battling it out for the honor of being the most lovable bum in the Baseline. The Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, and Orlando Magic. The Suns may make a run now that they have acquired Demar Derozan. The Wizards have Bradley Beal and John Wall, however trading Nene could haunt them. The Magic have....uh....who the hell do the Magic have!? Orlando relies on a three guard rotation of Redick, Nelson, and Afflalo. These guys are shooting lights out, and rookie Maurice Harkless looks promising. Unfortunately for these guys, the CPU sucks way more ass than them, so it's doubtful they get a top 5 pick for their troubles. Did the Nuggets Hire Isiah Thomas as Their GM? The Denver Nuggets spent the first half of season 1 making or attempting to make bone head trades in an effort to destroy the franchise. Oh, I'm sorry. I meant improve their team The Nuggets shipped 2K studs Anthony Randolph and JaVale McGee to Atlanta in exchange for Al Horford. They attempted to trade Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari for Ben Gordon, but luckily more intelligent basketball minds talked the Nuggets out of driving their franchise off a cliff, for now. Dwight, Don't Unpack Yet Despite acquiring the best center in the league in the off season, there have been rumblings that LA may move Dwight Howard. It's not production, as Howard is averaging 19 ppg and 10 boards. However, the Lakers are terrified they won't be able to resign Howard and are afraid of ending up like......wait I've reached my Bondzai bashing limit for this post. Let's just say the Lakers don't want to lose Howard and have nothing to show for it.