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LeBron James is not only making his case as the league’s most valuable player, he may be earning a place as the greatest talent of this decade.
One of the finest players of all time is hitting his peak this season as a defending champion and his fourth MVP award seems inevitable.
James is shooting a career-high 56.2 percent from the field and a career-best 40 percent from three-point range for the Miami Heat. He continues to defend at an elite level and his rebounds are at a career-high 8.1 per game.
James is truly king.
But who else is deserving if it weren't for James?
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant is the obvious second choice, and the Finals runner-up is currently the league’s top scorer at 28.6 points per game. Still, his dramatic scoring can’t keep pace with James’s all-around dominance and it might not be more valuable than what the league's best point guard offers.
Chris Paul is the overshadowed MVP this season.
Before Paul arrived, the Los Angeles Clippers were simply—well—the Clippers.
Paul has transformed the once lowly franchised into one of the league’s top contenders.
Paul's player efficiency rating of 26.06 is third in the league, behind just James and Durant. Paul is second in the league in assists (9.5) and first in steals.
As a floor leader of a highlight factory, Paul still takes care of the ball with a league-best steals per turnover rate of 4.45.
Essentially, Paul is superior at every aspect of his position, and because of that he is somewhat of a throwback to historic point-guard play.
James and Durant are the obvious MVP favorites, but Paul deserves mention.
Kobe Bryant can sneak into this conversation as soon as his Los Angeles Lakers sneak past the Utah Jazz, and Tony Parker also makes a case as leader of the league-best San Antonio Spurs.
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