Every NBA season the the hot topic around playoff time is who should take home the MVP trophy, and rightfully so. The playoffs are what separate the 'good' from the 'great', and most true MVP candidates have their teams on the biggest stage and in the spotlight.
As we take a look at the players that are the most valuable, we should also examine which players have meant the least to their team during the 2011-2012 season.
This assessment will take into account everything from the player's salary in contrast to their production, injuries that have kept them off the floor and, in some cases, just flat out terrible play. No player is safe, as both rookies and veterans alike are candidates for the "LVP" awards.
Here's a look at the top five candidates for the Least Valuable Player award of the 2011-2012 season.