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Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks
Tyson Chandler isn't a conventional MVP candidate, as he makes his impact felt defensively more than offensively. He recently tied a New York Knicks franchise record by securing 20 rebounds in three straight games.
Chandler's .673 shooting percentage leads the NBA, which allows him to average 11.4 points on only 6.4 shots per game. He's also the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and one of the favorites to take home the DPOY award again.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors didn't quite start February on the right foot, going only 1-4 through their first five games. In those five games, Stephen Curry averaged 20 points, eight assists and 5.2 rebounds per game, which would typically portend well for the Dubs.
However, Curry shot only 39.2 percent from the field despite attempting nearly 20 shots per game during that five-game span. Curry may have been robbed of an All-Star berth this season, but he's only on the periphery of the MVP race.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan was one of the leading MVP candidates in the first part of the 2012-13 season, but injuries have brought his MVP candidacy back to Earth.
Since Jan. 19, Duncan has only played 48 total minutes for the San Antonio Spurs. The team has only dropped one game in his absence largely thanks to Tony Parker, which will likely reduce the urgency the team feels to rush Duncan back into the lineup.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Like Stephen Curry, David Lee finds himself in this position because of the Golden State Warriors' mini-slump over the first few games of February.
Lee leads the league with 32 double-doubles in 50 games, but he only managed one over the Warriors' four-game losing streak. With Andrew Bogut still working his way into the lineup, the Warriors need somewhere around a 20-10 from Lee each night to remain a contender in the Western Conference.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Somewhat lost in the recent efficiency of LeBron James has been the phenomenal play of his teammate, Dwyane Wade. In Miami's five games from Feb. 3-10, Wade shot 51.7 percent from the field and averaged 24.8 points, six rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.
If Wade and James can maintain the one-two punch they've established since the start of February, the Heat will steamroll the rest of the Eastern Conference.
Just missed the cut: Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers
Dropped from rankings: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers; Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers