As the 2009-10 NBA season approaches the midway point, a handful of individuals have earned themselves consideration for what is arguably the most debated award in American professional sports: the NBA Most Valuable Player.
It's about the time of year where these candidates (and virtually every franchise player) receives nightly chants of "M-V-P" after a breakaway dunk or a trip to the charity stripe.
But what best determines who is worthy of the league's top individual honor?
Seemingly every season there are contentious discussions over what factors are most important in determining the MVP.
Should the award go to the best player on the best team?
Can a player on a sub-.500 team realistically be considered for the MVP?
Is the MVP the best all-around individual player or the individual who gets the most out of his team?
The goal of this column is to find out who the Bleacher Report Community believes will rise to the top of the MVP race by the end of the season. The vote is ongoing, so gather your friends, favorite writers, fans, and NBA team communities to swing support in favor of your pick.
This is the spot for your voice to be heard as the MVP race heats up through the second half of the season. Vote and comment here to show your support for one of the top five identified here, or make a case for a player you feel should have been included.