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In alphabetical order
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
As recently noted by the Wall Street Journal, LaMarcus Aldridge ranks second in the league in field-goal percentage in the final minute of games when the score is within three points either way, according to NBA.com. Aldridge has converted nine of his 15 attempts in that situation this season, behind only Cleveland's Kyrie Irving (11-of-17).
Unfortunately for Aldridge's slim MVP chances, his Portland Trail Blazers sit three games behind the Houston Rockets for the final playoff spot in the West. Aldridge has zero shot at the MVP without a major post-All-Star-break surge from the Blazers.
Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks
Tyson Chandler continues to lead the league in field-goal percentage (67.3), with no one anywhere close to challenging him. (DeAndre Jordan is the closest, shooting 59.9 percent from the field.)
Chandler, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is also on the shortlist of favorites for this year's DPOY award. The New York Knicks defense hasn't been nearly as formidable this year as it was in 2011-12, but the Knicks having the second-best record in the Eastern Conference helps both his DPOY and MVP chances.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry couldn't take home the three-point shooting contest crown during All-Star Weekend, but he still managed to prove why he's one of the most feared shooters in the league.
The Golden State Warriors hit a skid right before the All-Star break, but Curry is still averaging 21 points, 6.6 assists and four rebounds per game on the season. If the Dubs can pull out of the slump soon and battle back into the top four of the Western Conference, Curry will go back to being a top-10 MVP candidate.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
A bone bruise in Tim Duncan's right knee is all that's keeping him from being a top-10 MVP candidate again. He missed four games in early February with the injury before returning on Feb. 13 and lighting up the Cleveland Cavaliers to the tune of 13 points, six rebounds, five blocks and three assists in 25 minutes.
If Duncan stays healthy after the All-Star break, he'll likely move back into the top 10 as long as San Antonio maintains the best record in the league.
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
Don't let Blake Griffin's lower-than-ever per-game stats fool you: He's having a monster 2012-13 season. He's averaging a career-low 32.5 minutes per game and still putting up 18.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists in that time
Griffin ranks seventh in the league in win shares (7.7) and ninth in the NBA in PER (23.4), according to Basketball Reference. He's been a major reason why the Los Angeles Clippers are enjoying arguably the finest season in franchise history.
Just missed the cut: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics; Al Jefferson, Utah Jazz
Dropped from rankings: David Lee, Golden State Warriors