The NBA MVP. It's the pinnacle of individual awards in the sport of basketball. One of these on your resume and you're bound to make it into the Hall of Fame. Most Valuable Player. You know, it is thrown around a lot: "MVP-type numbers", "an MVP-caliber performance", "he won two MVPs". Most Valuable Player. There are around 400 players in the NBA. 150 starters. But the MVP- he is the top. He means the most. Not only is he an extremely talented athlete, but he has managed to turn that into transcendent individual statistics as well as astounding team success.

Since Bob Pettit won the first NBA MVP award in 1956, averaging 26 points and 16 rebounds a game for the St. Louis Hawks, there's been 56 more trophies handed out to 29 different players (including Pettit again in 1959). So, what does one have to do to be the 30th MVP? Well, if LeBron wins it again, then we'll have to wait at least another year to find that out (he's already on the list with three of the last 4 MVPs). But, let's venture away from that. Imagine, for just a moment, that King James will not win another trophy this year. It wouldn't be that shocking- we have certainly seen the voters get bored of giving it to the same guy over and over again in the past in multiple sports. Who would the voters turn to in that case? Kevin Durant seems like as good a candidate as any (28 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists a game on the team with the second best record in the league). What about Carmelo Anthony, who is averaging 29 points a game for the New York Knicks (23-11)?