The NBA season is already past the midpoint and the All-Star Game is a little more than a week away. Now is a good time to consider which players are worthy of MVP consideration for the 2012-13 season.
There's been no shortage of outstanding performances this year that's for sure. Some familiar faces have taken their games to new levels while others are having a big impact for the first time.
A few just keep doing what they do every year.
The regular-season league MVP is the highest accolade an individual player can get, and here are the top candidates for the award this year.
*All stats courtesy of ESPN