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Top 5 NBA MVP Candidates

1. Kevin Durant

     Kevin Durant has always been a deadly scorer but he has improved his game this year in a variety of ways. Durant is third in the NBA in points per game, with 28.2. Not to mention, he is shooting a sizzling 90.3 % from the free-throw line,  shooting 51.7 % from the field and shooting 41.4 % from behind the three-point line. Talk about efficiency! He also averages 4.3 assists per game and 7.8rebounds per game. Durant’s defensive play has improved due to his 1.2 blocks per game and 1.6 steals per game. He is the leader of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have the second-best record in the NBA.

2. Carmelo Anthony

  Carmelo Anthony has been a nightmare for opposing defenses this year. Anthony is averaging 29.0 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists per game.He is second in the NBA in scoring and he has been doing so in a variety  of ways. Whether it be inside the post or perimeter play, Carmelo Anthony has been punishinghis opponents during the 2012-2013 season. His ability to dominate a game has helped revitalize the Knicks franchise and a 23-11 record.

3. Lebron James

  Once again, Lebron James is having a monstrous season. NBA fans have seen seasons like this from Lebron for several consecutive years. The crazy thing about Lebron is that he seems to be getting better every year. As usual, Lebron is filling up the stat sheet by averaging 26.5 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game and 6.9 assists per game. He is also shooting 55 % from the field. Lebron and the Heat sit at the top of the Eastern Conference at 23-10. Lebron has provided consistency by scoring 20 or more points in every game this season.

4. Chris Paul

  Chris Paul has the Los Angeles Clippers on a roll. The Clippers have the best record in the NBA at 27-8. Paul is averaging 17.0 points per game, 9.3 assists per game, 3.6 rebounds per game and has been heckling opposing point guards  by averaging 2.6 steals per game. His ability to be a factor on offense and defense has caused everyone on the team to follow his lead. Paul and his teammates are running wild. Teams have to be careful when playing Chris Paul because once he gets past his defender, he is either scoring a bucket, kicking the ball out to a handful of three-point bombers or tossing the ball up to Blake Griffin or Deandre Jordan for a show-stopping alley oop!

5.  Tim Duncan

   Oh yes, I said it! Tim Duncan. He is an ageless wonder. At age 36, Duncan is playing exceptionally well. He is averaging 17.6 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game. Duncan is also a defensive catalyst for the Spurs. He is locking down the paint by averaging 2.6 blocks per game. Duncan’s stellar play has helped the Spurs earn the third- best record in the Western Conference at      27-10. Although Duncan is a 15-year veteran, he is still playing like he has something to prove.

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