No matter how many times we go through the same debates over and over again, we can't quite get a handle on what the word "valuable" means.
It's become such a vacuous adjective that all we really know about the MVP award is that it recognizes the player with the most something. Maybe he's the best in the league. Maybe he's the most important to his team.
Maybe it's just his turn.
So forget the MVP discussion for a moment—we'll use a different word. We'll rank the most indispensable players in this NBA of ours. These are the guys whose teams couldn't live without them, the ones who would create a gaping hole in the event of a season-ending injury.
They're valuable to their teams in the truest sense of the term, even if it's the sense MVP voters sometimes ignore.
Here's a look at the top 10.