Under-the-Radar Factors Behind NBA's Hottest Award Races

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Under-the-Radar Factors Behind NBA's Hottest Award Races
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LeBron James is this season's Most Valuable Player and Damian Lillard is the Rookie of the Year. There's almost no debating those two foregone conclusion, lest the landscape of the league change drastically over the next few months.

While Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Carmelo Anthony are having terrific seasons, LeBron is just out of this world.

Meanwhile, Anthony Davis is proving to be every bit the phenomenal player we thought he would be, yet he's missed too many games to surpass Lillard at this point.

However, there may be more to some of these award races than meets the eye. That is to say, looking beyond superlatives and statistical measures, there are certain trends and relationships between players and voters that could throw a monkey wrench into these races.

While it's unlikely that anything unseats LeBron James as this season's MVP, there are some factors that need to be talked about and taken into account before we can really be sure who is going to end up winning what award.

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