As we approach the All-Star Break of this truncated season, the race for the NBA MVP is starting to clear up.
A helter-skelter first third of the season saw some teams jump out to fast starts only to be slowed by it’s grueling pace, while certain bellwethers held serve to be fresh for the long haul.
A number of teams, such as the Spurs and Nuggets, have played such effective team ball that it would be hard to pin down an MVP candidate, while others who excelled last year have fallen into mediocrity (I’m looking at you, Dallas).
However, there are a few teams whose successes can be directly tied to their best players. Dwight Howard makes the Magic go, but his leadership issues amidst rampant trade demands and rumors make it hard to take him seriously. Rajon Rondo is the Celtics’ best player, but he’s not good enough to justify putting him in my top 5. LaMarcus Aldridge, who is a lock for the All-Star reserves this year, is right on the cusp, in my opinion.
Here is my breakdown of the top 5 MVP candidates in the league.
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