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2012 NBA MVP Odds and Predictions – Top 5 Favorites to Win 2012 NBA MVP Award

2012 NBA MVP Odds and Predictions – Top 5 Favorites to Win 2012 NBA MVP Award: With the NBA regular season winding down, the MVP frontrunners are running out of time to make a statement. At this point in the season, the list of possible candidates has been narrowed the top players on several playoff contenders. Unlike last season when Derrick Rose had wrapped up the award by the All-Star break, this year’s MVP battle is going to go down to the wire.

2012 NBA MVP Award Favorites – Top 5 Contenders

1.      LeBron James, Forward, Miami Heat

While Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have battled injuries, James has carried the Heat to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. He is third in the NBA in scoring, averaging 27.1 points per game. He is also chipping in nearly eight rebounds and more than six assists per game. Throw in a career-high 53.3 field goal percentage, and James has been a one-man wrecking crew on the offensive end at times. More importantly, he stands out from the rest of the contenders because of his impact on the defensive end. Aside from opposing centers, James can shut down any position on the court and is constantly guarding the other team’s best player. Even with his collapse in the NBA Finals last season hanging over him, James’ all-around game and defensive abilities have been too impressive to ignore.

2.      Kevin Durant, Small Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder

He is second in the NBA in scoring, and he is leading a Thunder squad fighting for the best record in the league. Durant is coming off back-to-back scoring titles, and he is currently averaging career highs in rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and field goal percentage. The fact that Oklahoma City has made the leap from contender to favorite only boosts his MVP stock. Durant has emerged as a team leader and a clutch shooter. He might not be a shutdown defender at this stage of his career, but if James doesn’t win the award, Durant is obvious choice.

3.      Tony Parker, Point Guard, San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio was written off as too old after its ugly playoff exit last season, but thanks in large part to the play of Parker, the Spurs could end up with the best record in the NBA. He is averaging more than 18 points per game and a career-high 7.7 assists. Parker has carried San Antonio on offense while guys like Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan have been hurt or playing limited minutes. He has also played the role of distributor when the Spurs have been at full strength, helping young players like Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green mature. Parker has been the glue that has held the Spurs together this season, and he deserves serious MVP consideration.

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 4.      Chris Paul, Point Guard, Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are in the playoffs, and that alone will likely earn Paul some MVP votes. He is averaging more than 19 points per game and is third in the league with 9.0 assists per game. Paul has been a pest on defense, as well, averaging 2.5 steals per game. At the end of the day, Paul’s ability to control the Clippers’ offense makes him one of the most important players to his team. Without Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan aren’t nightly highlight reels, and Los Angeles isn’t fighting for the Pacific Division title. He has transformed the culture of a franchise that has been known for its losing tradition. The Clippers are probably a year away from being a title contender, but Paul’s debut has been noteworthy nonetheless.

5.      Rajon Rondo, Point Guard, Boston Celtics

Yes, his jump shot is terrible, but Rondo has been dishing out assists like he is John Stockton for more than a month now and is leading the NBA with 11.8 helpers a game. It is no coincidence that Boston has gone on an incredible hot streak since he began playing at such a high level. The Celtics have been one of the top teams in the NBA since the All-Star break, surging to the top of the Atlantic Division. On a team with several aging veterans, Rondo is the youthful sparkplug. It’s hard to believe that he was the subject of trade rumors earlier in the year.

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2012 NBA Power Rankings: Midseason MVP Favorites and Contenders

2012 NBA MVP Favorites, Odds and Contenders – Midseason MVP Favorites to Win the 2012 NBA MVP Award: The 2011-12 NBA season has reached its midway point, and amid the activities of All-Star weekend in Orlando, there is no better time to take a look at this year’s frontrunners for the MVP Award. Granted, a lot can change with half a season remaining, but the top teams in both conferences have already established themselves, thinning the list of realistic MVP candidates. That being said, the award is still very much up for grabs, and any of the leading candidates could parlay a strong finish to the regular season into winning the highest individual honor the NBA has to offer.

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2012 NBA MVP Midseason Favorites

1.      LeBron James, Forward, Miami Heat

The Miami Heat is steamrolling its way through the regular season, and James is doing his best to erase the memories of his disappearing act in last year’s NBA Finals. He ranks third in the NBA in scoring (27.4) and is shooting a career-best 54.7 percent from the field. James is also averaging a career-high 8.1 rebounds per game to go along with 6.9 assists. He spent the offseason working on his post game, and the added dimension is paying dividends. James impacts the game in so many ways on both ends of the court, and there isn’t another player in the NBA with his all-around ability. He is the victim of his own success at time because people have come to expect the incredible numbers he produces each and every year. However, James is stuffing the stat sheet at such a high level in 2011-12, that even the most hardened voters have to be impressed.

2.      Kevin Durant, Small Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder

After winning back-to-back scoring titles, there were no questions about Durant’s offensive game. This season, he has become a more complete player and a leader for a Thunder team that is tied for the best record in the NBA. Durant is second in the league in scoring, averaging 27.9 points per game. He is also averaging career highs in rebounds (8.1), assists (3.4), steals (1.4), blocks (1.2) and field goal percentage (51.4). Durant is evolving and maturing as a player, and more importantly, his improvements have made Oklahoma City a legitimate championship threat. Team success is a must for any MVP candidate.

3.      Tony Parker, Point Guard, San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio was supposed to be too old to compete in the competitive Western Conference, but apparently Parker didn’t get the memo because the Spurs own the conference’s second-best record. He is averaging 19.4 points, which is good enough for 12th in the NBA, to go along with a career-high 8.1 assists. His numbers are even more valuable considering Manu Ginobili has been hurt most of the year and Tim Duncan has been playing limited minutes. Parker has already delivered some signature performances, including a 42-point effort in a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and 30 points in a road win over the Los Angeles Clippers. San Antonio has won 12 of its last 13 games, including nine road wins. The lone loss during the stretch came when Parker sat out. He is carrying the surprising Spurs.

 4.      Kobe Bryant, Shooting Guard, Los Angeles Lakers

Despite leading the NBA in scoring this season with 28.4 points per game, Bryant has been knocked by critics for shooting too much. Granted, he is leading the NBA in shot attempts, but he doesn’t really have a choice. Pau Gasol’s fragile psyche has left Bryant and Andrew Bynum as the only consistent scoring options for the Lakers. Overall, Los Angeles’ roster is old and unathletic, with almost zero depth. Somehow, the Lakers are currently the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference, and Bryant deserves the credit. He may shoot a lot, but he is also shooting the Lakers into the postseason.

5.      Chris Paul, Point Guard, Los Angeles Clippers

He was expected to transform the culture of losing the Clippers have become known for, and he hasn’t disappointed. Paul has Los Angeles sitting atop the Pacific Division, and he is averaging a solid 19.2 points and 8.6 assists per game. As always, he has been a thief on defense, averaging 2.3 steals per game. Paul is shooting a career-best 44.1 percent from 3-point range, but more importantly, he creates easy scoring opportunities for his teammates. Paul appears to be the missing piece to the puzzle in Los Angeles, and his command of the offense has the Clippers thinking playoffs for the first time since 2006.

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2012 NBA MVP Odds and Predictions: Top 5 NBA MVP Award Favorites and Contenders

2011-2012 NBA MVP Odds and Predictions – Favorites, Contenders and Sleepers to Win the NBA MVP Award: It is tough to predict which player will win the NBA MVP each season. The criterion that the voters focus on always seems to be changing. Sometimes the best player on the team with the best record gets the nod, and sometimes it is the player that transforms an otherwise mediocre team into a playoff contender. There are even times when a player that has been consistently great for several seasons get the honor as a career achievement award of sorts. In other words, there is a good chance that the true contenders won’t be known until later in the year. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few players that have an edge.

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2012 NBA MVP Favorites and Contenders

  1. Dwight Howard, Center, Orlando Magic

Howard seems to be among the top candidates for the award every year, and it may finally be his turn to cash in. He is coming off a season when he averaged a career-high 22.9 points per game, and 14-plus boards and two-plus blocks are a given. Not to mention the fact that Howard shoots nearly 60 percent from the field. He is the best center in the NBA, and he can dominate on both ends of the court. As long as his offensive numbers continue to climb, Howard is going to be tough to ignore when it comes time to vote for the MVP.

  1. Derrick Rose, Point Guard, Chicago Bulls

He is the defending winner of the award after averaging a career-best 25.0 points and 7.7 assists last year, and nothing has really changed with his situation in Chicago. Rose became a 3-point threat last season, making him almost impossible to stop on the offensive end. The ball is always in his hands with the game on the line, giving him plenty of chances to take and make big shots. Aside from needing to get his teammates involved a bit more, defense is the only weak point in his game. The bigger downside is that winning MVP twice in a row is tough, and he is going to have to be even better to repeat.

  1. LeBron James, Forward, Miami Heat

Comparing James’ numbers from last season to those of Derrick Rose, James was better in almost every category. He averaged more than 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and he will likely put up similar numbers for the next several years. James is also an excellent on ball defender. That being said, he put himself in a tough spot by signing with Miami. He and teammate Dwyane Wade will likely split votes, and James’ disappearance in last year’s finals is going to have a lingering effect, even if his regular season numbers warrant MVP consideration. His numbers will likely be excellent once again, but he will have to be spectacular to win the award in his current situation.

  1. Dirk Nowitzki, Forward, Dallas Mavericks

Unlike James, Nowitzki stands to benefit from his performance in the finals. After carrying the Mavericks to a championship, Nowitzki is going to get more respect from everyone in the NBA, including the voters. Offensively, he is as tough to guard as any player in the league, and he is coming off a year when he shot a career-best 51.7 percent from the field. If he can just get to the foul line a little bit more this season and push his scoring average above 25 per game, Notwizki will be in the thick of the MVP discussion.

  1. Kevin Durant, Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder

Durant is the top dog on a young Thunder team that is poised to compete for a championship. He is probably the best pure scorer in the game today, and he has back-to-back scoring titles to prove it. While scoring a bunch of points is always helpful when vying for an MVP, Durant needs to assume more of a leadership role in order to secure the award. His rebounds and assists have stayed more or less the same throughout his career, and he has to expand his game to shed the label of being just a scorer. If the Thunder can compete for the top spot in the Western Conference, Durant will get plenty of attention.

Odds to win the 2011-12 NBA MVP
901 Amare Stoudemire +1500
902 Blake Griffin +1800
903 Carmelo Anthony +1000
904 Chris Paul +800
905 Deron Williams +1800
906 Derrick Rose +350
907 Dirk Nowitzki +1300
908 Dwight Howard +500
909 Dwyane Wade +800
910 John Wall +6000
911 Kevin Durant +385
912 Kevin Love +2200
913 Kobe Bryant +500
914 LeBron James +250
915 Monta Ellis +5000
916 Pau Gasol +3000
918 Rajon Rondo +5000
919 Russell Westbrook +2000
920 Zach Randolph +3000

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