LeBron James is the reigning NBA MVP, and while he has plenty of time left to garner a fourth trophy in that department, some of his fellow NBA players aren't going to make it easy for him.
The league is full of elite talent that could usurp King James as MVP just as easily as the Boston Red Sox did the New York Yankees as beasts of the American League in 2004. Be it a hot scorer or a valuable team player, James' status is anything but safe.
His greatest competition is most likely Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant. Here is a player who has looked better and better with each passing year and though he is only 23 years old, the former Texas Longhorn has won the NBA scoring title three years in a row. More importantly, as he gets better, so does his team.
Also, let's not count out Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul. Easily the best all-around point guard in the NBA, Paul was single-handedly responsible for turning the Clippers from perennial pretenders into playoff contenders last year. As he enters his second season with the team, you know that he's going to be hungry to see some improvement.
Yet, as it turns out, even Durant and Paul have some competition when it comes to snagging that MVP trophy.