The strongest case
LeBron James will win the LeBron James—er, Most Valuable Player—Award in his typical runaway fashion.
James is the greatest player on the planet, and it's not even close. Winning the MVP may become an annual tradition for James for a long, long time.
The league's biggest name has become everything: He's defending his title with the Miami Heat, and he's dominating this regular season both individually and with wins.
For any hate that still exists against James, please drop it and don't miss the show. One of the all-time greats—we're talking of the elite top-five category—is hitting his prime, and this postseason should be incredible.
James shoots 56 percent for 26.9 points per game and averages 8.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists.
But for the sake of argument, who else is in the running? Well, no one even presents an argument.
Let's just settle for names that deserve recognition.
The runner-up voices
Kevin Durant has pushed the Oklahoma City Thunder closer to a No. 1 spot in the Western Conference.
While James' player efficiency rating of 31.45 is leaps ahead of the rest of the league, only Kevin Durant's (28.01) comes even close. Third-rated Chris Paul (26.25) and fourth-rated Tim Duncan (24.50) trail by a substantial margin.
Durant is the league's best scorer at 28.3 points per game, but he will battle for that honor with the hot-shooting Carmelo Anthony, who currently has an average of 28.1 points per game.
Anthony has brought the Knicks to a second seed in the Eastern Conference and has torched the nets during the team's 10-game winning streak. He has averaged 31.4 points in his nine games since returning from injury.
Kobe Bryant has hoisted this Los Angeles Lakers "superteam" into at least a shot at the postseason. While the torch has long ago been passed to James as the game's new alpha, Bryant still shoots 46.4 percent for his 27-point average, and he also tallies 6.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds per contest.
What Paul has done in turning the Clippers into a contender earns him notice on this list, while Duncan's time-machine act also deserves honorable mention distinction.
Of course, the true MVP of San Antonio is the ever-underrated Tony Parker, injured or not.
James (96 percent)
Durant (2 percent)
Anthony (0.5 percent)
Parker (0.2 percent)
Bryant (0.15 percent)
Paul (0.15 percent)
James Harden, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook, Marc Gasol (1 percent split)
Duncan (0 percent)