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NBA MVP Odds: Alpha Dogs on the Rise
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA's true MVP contenders have started to put some space between themselves and the rest of the pack a quarter of the way into the 2012-13 season.

It's no surprise to see LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder battling at the top, especially after each player took home his respective conference's Player of the Month award for November.

Some of the other names in the top six, however, may be a shock. That is, unless you expected to see a player who's never finished higher than sixth in the MVP race before or a 36-year-old who's continuing to defy time. (A "timeless clock," as Chris Bosh would say.)

While the contenders have begun separating from the pretenders, there's still time for an MVP candidate to rise from obscurity and join the elite candidates.

He'll just have a brutal time overcoming the other top superstars in the MVP race. But besides that...it's totally doable!

Note: Statistics and records are current through games played on Dec. 10. Last week's MVP rankings are here. 

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