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NBA MVP Odds: Is This Finally Kevin Durant's Year?
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Through the first trimester of the 2012-13 NBA season, LeBron James' biggest obstacle to a repeat performance as league MVP appears to be none other than Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Yes, the same Durant who he faced off against in the 2012 NBA Finals.

Yes, the same Durant who he played alongside in the 2012 Olympics.

Yes, the same Durant who he's trained with during each of the past two offseasons, going through a set of rigorous workouts that the two superstars describe as "Hell Week."

Through Dec. 19, Durant had the edge over James in the MVP race, with the Thunder riding hot on a 12-game win streak and the Heat coming off three recent losses, including one to the league-worst Washington Wizards.

Since then, Durant's Thunder finally fell (albeit to a very good Minnesota team), while James and the Heat started up their own four-game win streak.

Was it enough to move James over Durant in this week's rankings? Or did Carmelo Anthony's heroics earn him the top spot?

Read on for this week's top 10 in the NBA MVP rankings.

 

Note: Statistics and records are current through games played on Dec. 24. Christmas Day games are not included. Last week's rankings here.

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