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NBA 73 43 Top 10 MVP candidates at the quarter mark 23029300 From MVP to one of many From+MVP+to+one+of+many NBA

While LeBron James was the clear-cut MVP choice the past two seasons, this year's race is wide open. How wide? None of the preseason favorites -- LeBron, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant -- are in our top seven as the season hits the quarter mark. You could make a decent case for 12 or 13 players right now, and, to be honest, none of them would be compelling. In other words, no one's a true frontrunner right now, but here are our top 10 candidates. For now. -- John Galinsky

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NBA 73 43 Top 10 MVP candidates at the quarter mark 23056040 Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks Dirk+Nowitzki%2C+Mavericks NBA

Dirk for MVP? Really? Yes, someone has to be No. 1 on this list, and Nowitzki deserves it based on his play against the league's other elite teams. In wins over the Nuggets, Celtics, Thunder, Spurs, Heat and Jazz, he averaged 26.3 points on 56 percent shooting. No one else has that kind of resume so far, but there's a long, long way to go.

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NBA 73 43 Top 10 MVP candidates at the quarter mark 23053036 Dwight Howard, Magic Dwight+Howard%2C+Magic NBA

His rebounding and shot-blocking numbers have slipped this season, partly because Howard seems intent on avoiding foul trouble. But he's still the league's most intimidating defender and his offensive game has markedly improved since last season. Whether he earns his first MVP depends on whether he can keep Orlando in contention despite inconsistency throughout the roster.

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NBA 73 43 Top 10 MVP candidates at the quarter mark 23056039 Rajon Rondo, Celtics Rajon+Rondo%2C+Celtics+ NBA

NBA MVPs never average 11 points per game, so it's hard to consider Rondo a favorite for the award. But if you've watched a lot of Celtics games this season, you can appreciate the impact he's made for the East's best team. His assist average would be the league's highest since John Stockton's 14.2 in 1991. Beyond the numbers, his confidence, unselfishness and savvy allow him to control games without scoring.

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NBA 73 43 Top 10 MVP candidates at the quarter mark 23029185 Derrick Rose, Bulls Derrick+Rose%2C+Bulls+ NBA

Rose has become an irresistible offensive force in his third NBA season. An improved jumper has complemented his slashing, powerful drives to the hoop. His stats are certainly MVP-worthy but the Bulls have to blossom into contenders for Rose to win the award. Much of that will depend on his chemistry with Carlos Boozer.

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NBA 73 43 Top 10 MVP candidates at the quarter mark 23056042 Deron Williams, Jazz Deron+Williams%2C+Jazz+ NBA

With Carlos Boozer gone, the Jazz now have one star, and Williams has played the part with an MVP-worthy quarter-season. He's averaging nearly 22 points, which would be a career high, but more important has been his leadership. Utah won five straight games after rallying from double-digit deficits, largely through their point guard's force of will.

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NBA 73 43 Top 10 MVP candidates at the quarter mark 23029187 Amar'e Stoudemire, Knicks Amar%27e+Stoudemire%2C+Knicks+ NBA

Who says he's nothing without Steve Nash? Stoudemire had some early problems in the Big Apple, but he's developed nice chemistry with his new point guard, fellow free-agent signee Raymond Felton, and the two have done something special. They've made the Knicks relevant again.

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NBA 73 43 Top 10 MVP candidates at the quarter mark 23056041 Russell Westbrook, Thunder Russell+Westbrook%2C+Thunder+ NBA

Yes, Kevin Durant is leading the league in scoring, but Westbrook has been the Thunder's most valuable player. With Durant struggling with his health and his shot, the 21-year-old point guard has raised his already-explosive game to the next level. He's scored, passed and defended at an elite level while becoming a steadier playmaker and more forceful leader.

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NBA 73 43 Top 10 MVP candidates at the quarter mark 23053039 LeBron James, Heat LeBron+James%2C+Heat+ NBA

LeBron got much of the blame for Miami's fractious, disappointing start, and deservedly so. He was a turnover machine. He wasn't a good leader. And fans everywhere enjoyed his struggles. But he's played himself back into MVP consideration during the Heat's current winning streak. He's been dominating games, starting with his explosive take-that performance in Cleveland. Who thinks he's going to stop now?

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NBA 73 43 Top 10 MVP candidates at the quarter mark 23029186 Kobe Bryant, Lakers Kobe+Bryant%2C+Lakers+ NBA

He's leading the league in shots and missing a lot of them, as evidenced by his low FG% (44.1) and 3PT% (30.5). He also hasn't been the cold-blooded closer we're used to as the Lakers have struggled to put away mediocre opponents in recent weeks. Still, he's Kobe Bryant, and he's been pretty damn good.

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NBA 73 43 Top 10 MVP candidates at the quarter mark 23029183 Chris Paul, Hornets Chris+Paul%2C+Hornets+ NBA

Paul was the frontrunner early as the Hornets reeled off eight wins to start the season. Since then, New Orleans has tailed off and his stats are well below normal. But he's still been one of the league's 10 most valuable players so far.
 

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