Updated NBA MVP Odds: Will LeBron James Enter Legendary Territory?

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Updated NBA MVP Odds: Will LeBron James Enter Legendary Territory?
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James could soon be in rarefied company.

He appears all but a few short weeks away from becoming the fifth player in NBA history to have won at least four regular season Most Valuable Player awards.

Like LeBron, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving and Moses Malone each have three to their name.

The only four players with four or more?

A couple of guys named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five), Bill Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four).

If James does take home the award this year, he'd be the first since the NBA/ABA merger to win four regular season MVPs in five seasons.

With the Miami Heat riding a 23-game winning streak and counting, James' MVP resume looks stronger than ever. A few of the league's other superstars won't let James take home the award without a fight, though.

To be featured as a top MVP candidate here, a player must either be amongst a league leader in a major statistical category, his team's undisputed best player or on one of the teams with the best records in the league.

Does anyone have a chance of stopping James from entering top-five all-time MVP status?

Find out here what it'll take.

Note: Statistics and records current through games played on March 17, except where otherwise noted. Last week's rankings here

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