If, as is anticipated, New Orleans Hornets rookie power forward Anthony Davis gets back to game action sometime this week, he'll have the opportunity to get back into the race for rookie of the year honors as well.

Right now, though, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is running away with things.

And Davis' college teammate, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Bobcats, is firmly in second place.

In the most valuable player conversation, we've got to put Lakers guard Kobe Bryant into the mix. He's the NBA's leading scorer and last week reached a career milestone against the Hornets, scoring his 30,000th point, becoming the youngest in history (34) to crack that barrier.

Tracking the race for rookie of the year

1. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: He's averaging 37 minutes a game for the Blazers and scoring 18.9 per game, while handing out 6.5 assists and pulling down 3.2 boards.

2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats: His 10.7 points don't seem overly sensational, but he's also dishing two assists and getting 6.3 rebounds. Aside from that, MKG is converting 49 percent of his shots.

3. Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors: A new name to throw into the ranking this week, the Raptors' center is playing 23 minutes per game, hitting just under 50 percent from the field and getting 8.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He's a bright spot.