NBA MVP voting is more a popularity contest than an evaluation of one's "value" to their team.
Voters get bored with the same names, so instead of Michael Jordan winning the award in 1993 and 1997, Charles Barkley and Karl Malone got the nod. In 2010 Derrick Rose wasn't statistically better than LeBron James, but the same name creates staleness, and nobody likes staleness.
Having won the award the past two seasons, and four times overall, James is likely to be a victim of his own success again this season. Especially as a worthy contender has emerged, with many prognosticating his potential dethroning of the incumbent "King."
These are the top 10 candidates for the Maurice Podoloff Trophy come season's end.