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2012 NBA MVP Race: Ranking the Top 5 Candidates

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2012 NBA MVP Race: Ranking the Top 5 Candidates
James and Durant are neck and neck in the MVP race

With the abbreviated NBA season reaching its third trimester, playoff scenarios are taking shape and players are making their most legitimate cases for the 2012 NBA MVP award.

While the total body of work will definitely play a role in the selection, how a team and candidate finishes the season can sway voters in one way or the other (e.g., Derrick Rose carrying the Bulls to a 24-4 record after the All-Star break all but locked up the 2011 MVP for him.)

Here is a detailed look at the top five MVP candidates as we approach the final month of the regular season, including a case for (and against) each candidate.

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