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2013 NBA MVP Award: Ranking the top contenders

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5. Dwyane Wade: Wade needs some credit in the Heat’s run to history. Despite missing the past two games, Wade is averaging 21.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per night while shooting an outstanding 51.9 percent from the floor. A 24.26 PER also helps his candidacy.

4. Chris Paul: The Clippers 17-game win streak early in the season likely keeps CP3 in the conversation, but his overall numbers are impressive, averaging 17.1 points and 9.6 assists while keeping the Clippers alive for potentially the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.

3. Kevin Durant: Durant slips to No. 3, partly due to the fact that the Thunder haven’t beaten a good team in quite some time as  they are coming off back-to-back losses to Denver and Memphis before rebounding to beat Portland and Orlando. Their last win against a real good team came March 3 against the Clippers. However the numbers are still MVP-like, averaging 28.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while shooting over 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from behind the arc and 90 percent from the free-throw line.

Mar 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) shoots against Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) during the second half at the Toyota Center. The Rockets won 96-95. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

2. Tony Parker:  Parker missed eight games recently, but still moves up on the list. He’s led the Spurs to a 53-17 mark, all while averaging 21.0 points and 7.6 assists per game. Parker is shooting 53.5 percent from the floor and has a PER of 24.3. The Frenchman may have an MVP coming if it weren’t for the guy in front of him.

1. LeBron James: Not much explanation is needed. It has gotten to the point where 35 point, 12 rebound and nine assist games are expected from James. He has his team on a historic win streak and his season numbers of 26.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game are insane. Throw in the fact that he is shooting 56 percent from the floor and 39 percent from three-point range and there is little doubt that James is hands down the best player in the league.

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Topics: Miami Heat, NBA MVP Candidates, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs

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  • Isabella Ramona

    Come on now; Kobe is AT LEAST top five in the MVP race. And I’m not even a huge Kobe fan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.dunckel Aaron Dunckel

    This list is a little off in my opinion.

    LeBron #1 for sure, I think Durant has to be 2nd though, and Kobe needs to replace D-Wade in the top5 (all respect to DW)….

    Also, Im not a knicks fan but Carmello deserves to be top7… hes 2nd in the league in points per game and is legitimately leading a team competing for a high playoff seed

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.berney.1 Anthony Bernet

    Whoever you are Matt you are nuts not to have carmello in your top five must be a hatred or you don’t watch basketball

  • http://www.facebook.com/zildjian33 Edbert Lemuel Domingo

    Exactly! Melo is having the best season of his career and he is not even listed in this conversation? What a hater!