NBA MVP Odds 2013-14: Top Contenders to LeBron's Throne Entering Opening Week

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NBA MVP Odds 2013-14: Top Contenders to LeBron's Throne Entering Opening Week

Admit it: You have no idea who Maurice Podoloff is.

Don't be ashamed. LeBron James has four statues named after the guy in his trophy case, but even he might not be sure. Podoloff was the NBA's first president, and he's the man after whom the league's Most Valuable Player award is named.

Having dispensed with history, it's time to look toward the future.

We're sticking with the same general topic, though, as it's time to put together the first official MVP odds of the 2013-14 NBA season.

James will be on the hunt for his fifth trophy, while Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul are all primed to make a race of it. And let's not forget Carmelo Anthony, the man who earned the lone first-place vote that didn't go to James a year ago.

Only one man will hoist the Podoloff at the end of the year. So, who's it gonna be?

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