The race for the NBA's MVP award is set to begin.
Though the league officially recognizes just one MVP, every team has that player who is indispensable, invaluable and keeps the franchise's heart beating.
LeBron James has re-instilled a sense of dominance in Miami, while Kevin Love continues to lead Minnesota's resurrection. Chris Paul has propelled the Clippers toward title contention while Rajon Rondo has restored the Celtics' sense of purpose. And Deron Williams is now being leaned upon in Brooklyn as hard as Dirk Nowitzki is in Dallas.
But while each individual team's MVP candidate is easy to discern, where does each player stand when pitted against his fellow irreplaceable commodities? Who is the MVP of MVPs, the cream of the crop, the end-all for indispensability?
Let's find out.