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What NBA real plus-minus reveals about this unpredictable season

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What stands out in the first release of ESPN's real plus-minus for the 2020-21 season?

More than a month into the NBA season, RPM ratings have settled down to the point that they become more reliable. Still, the top of the leaderboard (including a familiar face at No. 1, LeBron James) doesn't look exactly like the MVP rankings to date. There are also some surprising players high up in the rankings who might not continue to play so well.

I took a closer look at the ratings for 10 players to help understand what they tell us about RPM and the players in question.