LeBron James is far and away the best player in the NBA right now, but there a handful of players who could steal the MVP trophy from him if they produce at a high level and make their teams better as the year goes along.
LeBron James played outstanding basketball in a lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, as he won his third NBA MVP in four years, captured his elusive first NBA Championship and was named NBA Finals MVP.
The scary part is that LeBron is still only 27 years old and will only continue improving as a basketball player this year. He is hungry for back-to-back championships and certainly wouldn't mind adding a fourth MVP to his list of achievements.
It will be tough to unseat James, based on the fact that he is playing at such a high level, but these five players have the best shot at doing so in the 2012-13 NBA season.