NBA MVP Odds: From Long Shots to Legit Candidates

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NBA MVP Odds: From Long Shots to Legit Candidates
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

If the first month of the 2012-13 NBA season is any indication, LeBron James' quest to repeat as MVP won't be a stroll through the park.

James was expected to thrive this year with the pressure of winning his first NBA championship finally lifted off his shoulders, and he's done exactly that.

The reigning MVP has posted his typical video game-like averages with more ease than ever, appearing as though he's largely in cruise control through the regular season with an eye toward the playoffs.

But unless James decides to play every game like it's the last he'll ever play, the door is inevitably open for one of the NBA's other superstars to backdoor their way into the 2013 MVP.

The line between MVP pretenders and contenders is only growing more apparent after the first month of the season, though. 


Note: Statistics and records are current through games on Dec. 3, except where otherwise noted. Last week's rankings here.

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