1. LeBron James
2. Kevin Durant
3. Dwayne Wade
4. Kobe Bryant
5. Dwight Howard
6. Carmelo Anthony
7. Joe Johnson
8. Deron Williams
9. Steve Nash
10. Dirk Nowitzki
James' statline for the season is ridiculously good—29.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 8.6 apg, and 1.64 spg. It’s been years since a player has come so dangerously close to averaging a triple-double for the season, and no one else on this list should earn a first-place MVP vote over King James.
James' next challenge comes in the postseason, because if he fails to bring home a title, his legacy could start tipping toward being one of those great players who isn’t a supreme winner.
The rest of this list is tougher to pick. Without Durant, the Thunder would more than likely be the second-worst team in the West, therefore he gets the nod as the runner-up to James.
As the scoring champion, Durant deserves a little more respect than he’s been getting. Hopefully, Oklahoma City will get more nationally-televised games next year.
D-Wade beats out the other guys because he did so much with so little. Michael Beasley is the Heat's only legitimate option besides Wade, and yet they are the five-seed in the East.
Bryant and Howard round out the top five, with ‘Melo just narrowly missing out. Anthony was the MVP front-runner at season’s start, but Denver’s semi-collapse as the season progressed dropped him down.
Nowitzki's stats should put him higher on this list, but his supporting cast is inarguably more complete than Williams’ and Nash’s, so fair or not, he’s relegated to the No. 10 spot.