2013 NBA MVP Award: Ranking the top contenders

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After what we have seen from LeBron James and the Miami Heat the last couple of months, it is pretty much a forgone conclusion that LeBron will bring home his fourth MVP Award in his decade long career.

With that being said, that won’t stop me from continuing our look at the contenders as the race for number two is a pretty tight one.

Here’s a look at our 2013 NBA MVP Rankings heading into the final couple weeks of the regular season.

10. Paul George: George replaces Carmelo Anthony in the rankings and for good reason. He has been a big part of why the Indiana Pacers have been locked into a battle with the New York Knicks for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. His 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game aren’t shabby numbers.

9. Stephen Curry: Averaging 22.5 points per game and is coming off scoring games of 29, 30, 24, 35 and 25 all while shooting over 50 percent from the floor.

Mar 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) drives against San Antonio Spurs center Boris Diaw (33) and shooting guard Danny Green (4) during the first half at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

8. Kobe Bryant: The Lakers would be in the playoffs if they started today, mostly due in part to Kobe carrying the Lakers. He’s averaging 27.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists and is shooting 46.6 percent from the floor. Bryant certainly still belongs on this list.

7. James Harden: If the Rockets make the playoffs, there may be no more valuable player in the league. The most impressive part of Harden’s breakout season isn’t necessarily the 26.3 points per game that he is averaging; it’s the insane rate that Harden is able to get to the free-throw line. On average, harden has gotten to the charity stripe 10.3 times per game and is shooting an impressive 86 percent.

6. Tim Duncan: Duncan has turned back the clock and is having one of those “vintage” Duncan years of the past, averaging a near double-double with 17.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Wonder why the Spurs are so good? Duncan is a huge part of their success.

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