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Before this season started, no one outside of Chicago thought the Bulls would be in the driver's seat and headed toward the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
But here we are at the end of March, and that's the situation in the East. Amazingly, Chicago is in that position despite Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah both missing over 20 games due to injury.
Coaching aside, Derrick Rose has been the biggest reason for this team's success. He's averaging 25 points and eight assists per game and he's added a decent three-point shot to his repertoire.
Plus, he's shown that he not only wants the ball in crunch time, but he delivers.
Dwight Howard: Like I said on Howard's slide, if the Magic were competing for the East's top seed, Howard would likely be the favorite for this award.
Dirk Nowitzki: He's having an incredibly efficient season and he has the Mavericks in position to snag the second seed in the Western Conference.
LeBron James: The Heat are nowhere near as good as they (or much of the media) thought they'd be, but they'll still be a 50-win team and LeBron's numbers are as crazy as usual.