2013 NBA Playoffs: Power Ranking the 10 Likeliest MVP Award Candidates

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Power Ranking the Top 10 Likeliest NBA MVP Candidates

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We are down to the final few days of the 2012-13 NBA regular season and with playoff seeds and match-ups lining up, why not glare into the top candidates for this year's NBA MVP Award.

Miami Heat star LeBron James has taken three of the past four MVP Awards and very well could be on his way to a fourth here in 2013. However, a late push by New York Knicks stud Carmelo Anthony has tightened the race a little bit, while Kevin Durant continues to lurk within contention, as well. Yet while the race may already be decided with the regular season winding down and the NBA Playoffs preparing to take center stage, we can't forget about some of the other players that have had phenomenal seasons.

From Tony Parker to James Harden to Chris Paul, we can't forget about these other superstars when striking up the MVP Award discussion. While they might not have the greatest of chances to win the award themselves, they at least have warranted a mention in the conversation.

So where do the top ten likeliest of candidates stack up with each other? Who belongs where? Who leads the way?

Let's dive into some of those questions right now as we power rank the top ten NBA MVP candidates:

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No. 10- Stephen Curry

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Stephen Curry has had a terrific year and although he will not win the NBA MVP award, he deserves some consideration. Curry is averaging 22.8 points, 6.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.

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No. 9- Russell Westbrook

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Russell Westbook doesn't have the best efficiency in terms of shooting the basketball, but he can score. Westbrook however, has no chance of even catching his teammate Kevin Durant on this list.

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No. 8- Dwyane Wade

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Dwyane Wade is in a similar situation as Westbook. He can't catch his own teammate in the NBA MVP race, but credit the season that he has had. Wade is averaging 21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

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No. 7- James Harden

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In his first season as a member of the Houston Rockets, James Harden has had a terrific season. Harden is averaging 26.0 points, 5.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game this season.

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No. 6- Chris Paul

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The Los Angeles Clippers have had one of their best seasons in franchise history and Chris Paul is the team's catalyst in the back court. Paul is averaging 17.0 points, 9.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.

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No. 5- Tony Parker

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Tony Parker is having another great season with the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have NBA championship potential once again this season and a lot of that is thanks in large part to Parker's on the court production.

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No. 4- Kobe Bryant

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The devastating injury that Kobe Bryant suffered late last week hurt his chance of winning the MVP Award, but it did occur with only two games remaining on the Los Angeles Lakers' schedule. The Lakers have had a disappointing season, but Kobe has kept them in the race for that final playoff spot. Kobe is done for the season and so too might be his chances at the MVP here in 2013.

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No. 3- Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant is once again in the mix for the scoring title, but his three year streak is in jeopardy as the final few days of the regular season approach. Durant is the leader on this Oklahoma City Thunder and is averaging 28.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

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No. 2- Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony is ending the regular season playing some of his best basketball of the year. Anthony is making a late push at the NBA MVP award and he has positioned the New York Knicks as the second best team in the Eastern Conference.

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No. 1- LeBron James

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LeBron James is looking like he very well might win his fourth MVP Award in the last five seasons. James is hitting the peak of his career and beginning to statistically place himself amongst the best players in the history of the game. With that being said however, can James win a second consecutive NBA championship though?