There's less than two months left in the 2012 NBA regular season and that makes it a good time to start narrowing down the candidates for the MVP award.
These days, you might say the MVP race has as much suspense and intrigue as a Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy. Most people think it's essentially a two horse race.
It's certainly hard to argue with that logic; but I'm going to try. There's no shortage of great performances this year and some have flown under the radar.
I will say this, my considerations for MVP might differ from others. Here's what I look at when considering who should get the award:
1. Individual performance
2. Comparison with other players at the same position.
3. The player's Impact on their team. I try to imagine what the team would be like without them. Their impact does not necessarily have to result in a winning record either, to be considered.
Here are my favorites to win the NBA's MVP award this year. I've selected five candidates from each conference.
* All stats are from ESPN.com