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NBA MVP Odds: King James Getting Stiff Competition from Kevin Durant
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LeBron James, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, just completed a historic December.

He ranked second in the Eastern Conference in scoring (27.5 points per game) and steals (two per game), fourth in field goal percentage (.555), fifth in assists (7.5 per game) and 12th in rebounding (8.1 per game), earning his second straight Eastern Conference Player of the Month award.

James also smashed Karl Malone's old record for the highest number of games to start a season with at least 20 points. Through 33 games this season, he has yet to score fewer than 20 points once.

Despite James' excellence, the MVP race hasn't yet turned into a landslide largely due to Kevin Durant.

After losing a major member of his rotation (James Harden) to a trade just days before the start of the 2012-13 season, KD took it upon himself to expand his overall game and become more of a well-rounded threat like James.

Because of the back-and-forth battle between James, Durant and a few other superstars, this MVP race appears like it will go down to the final weeks of the season before it's ultimately decided.

But for now, here is a list of the top 10 current MVP contenders in the NBA.

 

Note: Statistics and records are current through games played on Jan. 7

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