Carmelo Anthony not only belongs in the 2013 NBA MVP discussion, but he deserves the same consideration as reigning MVP LeBron James and three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant.
Could Anthony be the overall favorite to bring home his first Maurice Podoloff Trophy? Does he have what it takes this season?
Or does Zach Randolph, as the power forward is giving the Memphis Grizzlies a bruising reputation?
What about Kobe Bryant, who’s leading the league in scoring? Or Tim Duncan, whose San Antonio Spurs lead the Southwest (again), and who is looking for his fifth ring.
All six of those players are in the running, and there are others, too. But who is the best player of all? What does it take to be the NBA MVP?
If you look at most previous winners, it takes: a superstar, a high scoring average, additional solid stats, league leaderships, a winning and usually dominant team, a postseason appearance, a high seed, a singular impact on one’s team, a distinguished improvement in one’s play from prior seasons, team leadership, game-winning shots, takeover games, offensive runs, at least a bit of defense and a dash of personality.
These are the top 10 players who lay claim to such credentials in 2012-13.