Voting for the NBA's MVP can mean a lot of different things to different people depending on what metrics you use and how you weigh them.
Is it a question of talent and skill alone? Are the numbers the final arbiter? Should we account for how valuable a player is to his particular team? Little consensus emerges with respect to these kind of first-order question, so it's a good thing that some measures will lead to the very same conclusion.
By most accounts, LeBron James deserved the award in 2011-12—and by almost all accounts, no one came even close to James and Kevin Durant.
After taking a look the 10 players who mean the most to their respective teams, it's time for a slightly different analysis.
This time we're ranking the 15 most irreplaceable players without taking the strength of their teams into account. Let the debates begin!