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    LeBron James, Forward, Miami
    James is the frontrunner to win his third MVP after one of the best seasons in recent years averaging 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.8 steals. James shot 53.1 percent and might be the best perimeter defender in the NBA.

    Photo caption: Miami's LeBron James says he knew he had to shoulder more of the load Tuesday, April 3, 2012, against the 76ers as he broke his nine-game streak of scoring fewer than 30 points.
    Robert Duyos | Sun Sentinel/MCT
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    Chris Paul, Guard, Los Angeles Clippers
    The Clippers are contenders? That's no typo and Paul is the reason. The best point guard in the NBA averaged 19.1 points, 9.1 assists and an NBA-best 2.5 steals in leading the Clippers to the playoffs.

    Photo caption: Chris Paul scored nine of his 19 points in overtime and had a season-high 15 assists on Wednesday, March 18, 2012, against the Detroit Pistons as the Clippers continued to toil through a grueling stretch of nine games in 12 days.
    Ringo H.W. Chiu | AP Photo
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    Tony Parker, Guard, San Antonio
    In his 11th season, Parker averaged a career-high 7.7 assists and led the Spurs to the best record in the Western Conference. Parker also averaged 18.3 points this season because he is among the best at getting into the paint.

    Photo caption: San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives as teammate Tiago Splitter (22) sets a pick on Los Angeles Lakers' Ramon Sessions (7) during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Los Angeles.
    Jason Redmond | AP Photo
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    Kevin Love, Forward, Minnesota
    If a player on a losing team could win the award, it would be Love. The two-time All-Star averaged 26 points and 13.3 rebounds as one of the most versatile big men in the NBA. Not many power forwards could win the NBA three-point contest.

    Photo caption: Minnesota center Kevin Love, right, drives while Oklahoma City's Nick Collison defends Friday night, March 23, 2012. Love surpassed 50 points for the first time in his career.
    Alonzo Adams | AP Photo
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    Boston's Rajon Rondo, left, presses the ball Thursday, March 22, 2012, against the Bucks' Beno Udrih. Rondo had 10 points and 14 assists as Boston defeated Milwaukee.
    Jeffrey Phelps | AP Photo
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    Dwight Howard, Center, Orlando
    He might have kept the drama going with his trade request, but Howard is still the best center in the NBA. Howard averaged 20.6 points and had a league-leading 14.5 rebounds. He’s still an impact player on defense, too.

    Photo caption: Dwight Howard takes the floor for what could have been his final home game with the Magic. After getting 24 points and 25 rebounds, he said he wants to stay in Orlando for the rest of the season.
    Gary W. Green | Orlando Sentinel/MCT
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    The Magic's Dwight Howard goes for a basket against Lakers center Andrew Bynum on his way to 21 points and 23 rebounds Friday, January 20, 2012, in Orlando.
    John Raoux | AP Photo
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