Top 5 Frontrunners for the MVP Award (NBA)

Last season (2011-2012), LeBron James was head and shoulders above every NBA (National Basketball Association) player for the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. There’s no denying that King James is the best player in the planet.

As Charles Barkley mentioned in a recent Heat VS Spurs match-up, LeBron James is just “on another planet”. Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, a healthy Derrick Rose; those guys are good, but without a doubt, LeBron James is still the best player in the league.

Although LeBron is the best player in the planet, he’s still not a shoe-in for the Most Valuable Player award in the NBA. The MVP award isn’t only given to the player with the best stats. There are other factors being considered when the media votes for the MVP.

But for now, let’s take a look at the Top 5 Frontrunners for the MVP award this season (2012-2013).

#5: Zach Randolph

When a team has the best record in the league, someone from that squad deserves to be in the MVP chatter, right? For the league leading Memphis Grizzlies (11-2), Zach Randolph is that guy!

Z-Bo has been averaging 16.7 PPG and 13.3 RBG. Aside from the numbers, Zach Randolph has been playing well on the defensive end as well. Randolph’s toughness and grit is one of the main reasons why the Grizzlies are destroying teams who get in their way.
Randolph may be a longshot to win the MVP, but if the Grizzlies can somehow keep winning, it’s going to be hard for the media to snub Zach Randolph.

#4 Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers may not be having the start that they were hoping for. Prior to the start of the season, there was a lot of chatter that the Lakers *could* beat the Chicago Bulls (`95-96) 72-10 record. With an All-Star cast featuring Kobe Bryant, 2-Time MVP Steve Nash, Multiple DPOY winners Dwight Howard and Ron Artest Metta World Peace it seemed to make sense at first. But unfortunately, Nash got injured, Mike Brown got fired, and there’s a lot of question marks down in Hollywood.
The only bright spot? Mr. Kobe Bryant!

Kobe is averaging nearly 30 points per game, 5 boards, and 5 dimes! With Nash out, Kobe has been doing the ball distribution for the Lakers. Though they are only at 7-8 right now, the Lakers still have a lot of time to make things right and win.
With Kobe Bryant, anything is possible. If the Lakers somehow turn this season around, Kobe may possibly win his 2nd MVP award this year; all at age 34.

#3 Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is widely considered as the 2nd best player after LeBron James. Though that is still debatable at this point, Durant is the unquestionable leader of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant’s scoring has been stellar ever since he entered the league 4 years ago. He’s averaging 26.6 points per game, a surprising 9 rebounds a game, and 4.4 assists per game.

There’s no question that Durant has been playing amazing in 16 games so far this season. But what makes Durant special this year is his increased rebounding and assists. Hopefully, Durant can keep this up till seasons end. If he does, maybe he can win his first ever MVP award.

He needs to make sure that the Thunder keeps winning too. [Read more…]