Ranking the Top 10 NBA MVP Candidates

Blake JensenContributor IApril 14, 2009

Ranking the Top 10 NBA MVP Candidates

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07:  A fan holds up an MVP sign as Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers is awarded the MVP trophy during the Lakers' win over the Utah Jazz in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 7,

Honorable Metion: Paul Pierce, SF, Boston Celtics

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    BOSTON - NOVEMBER 18:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics makes his way around Jamal Crawford #11 of the New York Knicks on November 18,  2008 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, b

10. Yao Ming, C, Houston Rockets

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 12:  Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets shoots over Anthony Randolph #4 and Rob Kurz #31 of the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game on December 12, 2008 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackn

9. Tim Duncan, PF, San Antonio Spurs

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    BOSTON - FEBRUARY 08:  Kevin Garnett #5 and Leon Powe #0 of the Boston Celtics try to block Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs on February 8, 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees t

8. Brandon Roy, SG, Portland Trail Blazers

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    DENVER - MARCH 05:  Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives past J.R. Smith #1 of the Denver Nuggets during NBA action at the Pepsi Center on March 5, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Trail Blazers 106-90. NOTE TO USER: User

7. Deron Williams, PG, Utah Jazz

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    SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 16:  Deron Williams #8 of the Utah Jazz goes up for a shot against Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena on May 16, 2008 in Salt

6. Chris Paul, PG, New Orleans Hornets

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 21:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets passes the ball around Brook Lopez #11 of the New Jersey Nets on January 21, 2009 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees

5. Dwayne Wade, SG, Miami Heat

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 19:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat passes around the defense of Vladimir Radmanovic #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Arena on December 19, 2008 in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Lakers 89-87. NOTE TO USER: User

4. Chauncey Billups, PG, Denver Nuggets

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    DENVER - DECEMBER 19:  Chauncey Billups #7 of the Denver Nuggets controls the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Pepsi Center on December 19, 2008 in Denver, Colorado.The Cavaliers defeated the Nuggets 105-88.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Imag

3. Dwight Howard, C, Orlando Magic

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 8: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic blocks a shot by Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden on March 8, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics lost 86-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and

2. Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 9:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores as he drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center April 9, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by d

1. LeBron James, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    CLEVELAND - MAY 10:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers does his pregame ritual of applying powder to his hands and tossing it in the air prior to the start of their game against the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the 2008 NBA Eastern Conference