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To round off my list, I went with a biased pick.
Brandon Roy is one of the lesser known franchise players in the NBA. He is the face of the Portland Trail Blazers, and recently said that he wants the ball in his hands more this season.
What I take that to mean is that he wants more shots, which is definitely a good thing if you're someone who wants to win MVP.
For the past couple of seasons, he's quietly been the third-best shooting guard in the NBA, while averaging around 22 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists.
Those don't seem like MVP-caliber numbers, but they can definitely increase if he is more assertive on the offensive end.
A lot of times, he doesn't feel the need to carry the offensive load because of all the help he's got on the team. That will have to change if he wants to become the MVP of the NBA.
Overall, three things have to happen if he is to become MVP.
His defense has to improve. Right now, his defense is about average and that doesn't seem too good for someone trying to win MVP.
The Trail Blazers have to stay healthy and win the second seed in the West. Unlike the Thunder, Roy will have to help his team win the second seed in the West behind the Lakers. This is because they have already got 54 and 50 wins the past two seasons. There has to be an improvement if he's considered.
Lastly, he and the team have to stay healthy. He isn't a player who misses long periods of time every season, but he does get injuries here and there, which force him to sit out games.