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In alphabetical order:
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
With the Golden State Warriors ripping off three straight wins after dropping their first post-All-Star break game, Stephen Curry maintains his spot in the honorable mentions this week.
Curry, who's averaging career highs in points (21.0), assists (6.6) and three-point field goals (3.1) per game, is knocking down 44 percent of his shots from deep. Alongside Klay Thompson, Curry gives the Warriors one of the most deadly sharpshooting backcourts in the NBA.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
When Tim Duncan hasn't been injured in 2012-13, he's continued to have a turn-back-the-clock type of season for the San Antonio Spurs, averaging 16.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in only 29.6 minutes per game.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich remains Duncan's largest obstacle in the MVP race. In the Spurs' five games since Feb. 13, Duncan has only exceeded the 30-minute mark once.
Rudy Gay, Toronto Raptors
Since being traded to Toronto at the very start of February, Rudy Gay has both transformed himself into the Raptors' go-to scorer and made the team shockingly competitive again.
His field goal percentage (.390) and three-point shooting percentage (.273) have been abysmal since joining his new team, but he's otherwise averaging 21.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game for Toronto. The Raptors must stay alive in the playoff race for Gay to remain on this list, though.
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
Blake Griffin isn't just a dunker anymore. He's averaging 18.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in only 32.4 minutes per game for the Los Angeles Clippers, who still have the third-best record in the Western Conference.
He's tied with Kobe Bryant for seventh in the league in win shares (7.9) and tied with Carmelo Anthony for ninth in PER (23.3), according to Basketball Reference. If Griffin wasn't playing so few minutes per game, he'd likely be a top-10 MVP candidate this season.
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies
With the Memphis Grizzlies riding a seven-game win streak, Zach Randolph finds his way back into the MVP rankings for the first time since the Rudy Gay trade.
Z-Bo put up four straight double-doubles coming out of the All-Star break, giving him 34 for the season. He's averaging 15.7 points and 11.7 rebounds for a Memphis team learning to adjust to the post-Rudy Gay era.
Just missed the cut: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics; Al Jefferson; Utah Jazz
Dropped from rankings: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers; Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks