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2015 NBA MVP: Way-Too-Early Rankings for the Top 5 Candidates

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2015 NBA MVP: Way-Too-Early Rankings for the Top 5 Candidates

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It may be way too early to think about the NBA MVP for next year, but this year's race was so close that this couldn't wait. While the possibilities aren't endless, there is still some room for variety. There might even be a sleeper pick for the coveted title. So, without further ado, check out the rankings for the top 5 NBA MVP candidates in 2015.

5. Stephen Curry

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5. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry
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Most consider Stephen Curry to be the best shooter in the NBA. His ability to pass with either hand, shoot off the dribble and create his own shot make him almost impossible to guard. Don't look now, but I wouldn't be surprised if he climbs the rankings sooner than expected.

4. Carmelo Anthony

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4. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony
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Anytime he steps on the court, Carmelo Anthony is arguably the best offense player on the floor. While defense is a major part of the game, Melo can carry a team on his offensive execution alone. If he decides to venture away from the New York Knicks, his MVP stock just might rise.

3. Chris Paul

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3. Chris Paul

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If the Los Angeles Clippers can make it over the hump in the Western Conference, there is no doubt that Chris Paul would grasp his first MVP trophy. His career average of 18.6 points and 9.9 assists are a clear indication of the production he provides a team. You can make the argument that he is the most valuable player in every aspect of the game for the Clippers.

2. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant
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2. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant
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He has stated that he is tired of being second and he proved his devotion by winning the NBA MVP this year. I'm sorry to say that didn't prove enough. Despite putting up ridiculous stats, his defense and physicality in the post are sore spots for the scoring machine. Until he secures all aspects of the game, he will still be considered the second best.

1. LeBron James

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1. LeBron James

LeBron James
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If all continues to proceed as normal, LeBron James will be the favorite for the MVP next year. Despite not winning it this year, James was in a similar situation when he lost the race to Derrick Rose in 2011. Then James won two consecutive MVPs after that. If history is any indicator of what losing does to inspire James, then it is safe to say he ranks in the No. 1 spot right now.