Two years ago, it seemed as if LeBron James had a pigeon hold on the MVP award. It wasn't crazy to think he'd claim three or four in a row, but his move down to South Beach did not come without scrutiny and did not come without criticism.
James, by all accounts, is the world's best player. He's the most complete and versatile player we've seen since Magic Johnson, and when it's all said and done, he'll probably be the best small forward ever to play the game.
However, the same person can't rack up the accolades every year, just ask Charles Barkley who snagged one from His Airness, Michael Jordan. The best player doesn't always win. Why? Because there are so many more things that need to be accounted for in MVP voting: public opinion, improvement, character and the list goes on.
This list is not a ranking of the top 10 players in the NBA, but a list of who has the best chance at catching the perfect storm for the MVP award.