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NBA MVP Odds: Is It Still LeBron's To Lose?
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If LeBron James hopes to repeat as the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2013, he's got his work cut out for him.

While James remains the most talented player in the league, he's facing stiff MVP competition from two other forwards with whom he's plenty familiar.

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks happens to be off to the hottest start of his career, which he punctuated with a 22-point first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 13.

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant helped the Oklahoma City Thunder weather the storm of the James Harden trade by elevating his own play, leading the Thunder to a league-best 20-4 record.

James may be the best player in the NBA, but he's finding out the hard way this season that his infinite talents won't win him the MVP without a bit of help, too.

 

Note: Statistics and records are current through games played on Dec. 17. Last week's rankings here.

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