The first half of the season is officially over for most teams in the NBA. Across the league, several players have clearly separated themselves from the rest of the crop by posting solid contributions statistically and leading their teams to respectable records.
This compilation of players is composed of those that have been able to play solid basketball and lead their team to wins throughout the season. Although other players might be posting record-breaking numbers, this list gives great consideration to team accomplishments as well.
Describing 20 potential candidates for the MVP award can be challenging and somewhat biased at times. After the first few candidates, which are the only ones likely to even receive a vote, it becomes a test of how the writer defines the value of the player statistically and personally.
Here is my version of the top 20 MVP candidates so far for the 2010-2011 NBA MVP award.