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In alphabetical order:
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Since the Memphis Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol has seen an expanded role offensively. In March, he's averaging 17.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.8 blocks per game through 11 games.
With Gay gone, the Grizzlies will rely upon Gasol and Zach Randolph to provide the inside force that can guide them through the playoffs. He'll earn more Defensive Player of the Year buzz than MVP votes but his overall excellence deserves to be recognized, too.
Paul George, Indiana Pacers
Paul George falls out of the top 10 this week due to a recent bout of subpar shooting efficiency and a few tough losses by his Indiana Pacers.
He shot only 6-of-20 in a 99-93 loss to a Los Angeles Lakers team that only sported Kobe Bryant for 12 minutes, then finished 6-of-17 the next night in a 98-91 loss to the moribund Philadelphia 76ers.
George has been otherwise solid, but combined with the Pacers' recent rockiness, he's only an MVP honorable mention this week.
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers have been up-and-down throughout March but Blake Griffin has been relatively consistent with his excellence. He dropped a triple-double on March 6 against the Milwaukee Bucks and is averaging 18.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game for the month.
Advanced metrics also give Griffin considerable creditability in the MVP race, as he ranks sixth in the league in win shares (9.5) and eighth in PER (23.8), according to Basketball Reference.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets
The Miami Heat's 23-game win streak is drawing the nation's collective attention, but the Denver Nuggets just so happen to be on an 12-game winning streak of their own at the moment.
Ty Lawson has been a primary catalyst for the streak, averaging 19.8 points and 6.5 assists per game over the first 11 of those games, according to NBA.com/stats. Lawson doesn't rank anywhere near high enough in win shares or PER to stand a reasonable chance of finishing as a top-10 MVP candidate unless the Nuggets don't drop another game for the rest of the season, though.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
I continue to refuse to drop Tony Parker from the MVP honorable mentions despite him still being sidelined by a sprained ankle. The second Parker returns, he's going to rocket back up to being a top-10 MVP candidate, so there's no point in dropping him entirely off this list.
Before the injury, Parker had worked all the way up to being a top-three MVP candidate, with a top-five finish appearing all but certain.
While he may soon work his way back from the sprained ankle, he'll have work to do in the final month of the season if he hopes to finish within the top five of the final MVP voting.
Just missed the cut: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks; Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies
Dropped from rankings: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls