Updated NBA MVP Odds: Can Kevin Durant Really Dethrone LeBron James?

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Updated NBA MVP Odds: Can Kevin Durant Really Dethrone LeBron James?
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Two-thirds of the way into the 2012-13 NBA season, LeBron James appears to be the runaway favorite for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award.

He's got the Miami Heat riding on an 11-game win streak while averaging nearly 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game in February.

Thanks to Kevin Durant, however, it's still a little too early to be carving James' name into the MVP trophy.

Durant is leading the league in scoring with 28.8 points per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line. No player in NBA history has ever finished a season in the "50-40-90 Club" while also winning the scoring title.

James and Durant are the MVP front-runners, but other stars still have an outside chance. To be listed here, a player either has to be one of the league's leaders in a major statistical category, his team's unquestionably best player or on one of the teams with the best records in the league.

Find out here what it'll take for Durant or anyone else to replace James as the MVP favorite with roughly 25 games left.

Note: Statistics and records are current through games played on Feb. 24. Last week's rankings here

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