Updated MVP odds at the unofficial midpoint of the 2012-13 NBA season were driven by two primary criteria: individual player efficiency and team winning percentage.
Scoring numbers, assist totals and rebounding were also factors.
Ultimately, though, the player who is the most efficient while leading his team to the highest total of wins will walk away with the 2012-13 NBA MVP Award.
These updated odds reflect which players have the best chance of winning that award by season's end.
They are ranked according to how well they have already played this season and also according to their projected performance in the second half of the year.
More of an emphasis, however, was placed on what each player and his respective team has done so far.
Additionally, a poor team record—like the one held by the Los Angeles Lakers—only works to diminish the odds of any Lakers player winning the MVP, no matter how well he might be playing individually.
Conversely, the Oklahoma City Thunder's excellent record only helps the chances of guys like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Read on for the top 10 MVP candidates at the midpoint of the 2012-13 NBA season.
*Stats are accurate as of Jan. 21, 2013