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Ranking the MVP candidates: James Harden is leading the pack

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After a record-breaking 60-point performance, James Harden has distanced himself from everyone else in the MVP race. What other candidates have a shot at winning?

Like last season, there are multiple players that are deserving of winning an MVP Award this season. But unfortunately, there aren’t any second place trophies.

James Harden has led the Houston Rockets to a 36-13 record. Before the season started, many wondered if Harden and Chris Paul could co-exist in the same backcourt, but they have silenced the doubters with the second best record in the league.

Golden State has won 40 of their first 51 games and unsurprisingly hold the league’s best record. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have worked themselves into the MVP conversation as the duo continues to put up sensational numbers.

Despite Cleveland’s struggles this season, LeBron James is still within reach of his fifth MVP Award. LeBron is one of those special players that could win the MVP every year, especially since he has held every other Eastern Conference team out of the Finals since 2011.

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After a slow start, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder are starting to look like a real contender. Westbrook is leading the NBA in triple doubles again and his eye-popping numbers will put him in the middle of the MVP conversation.

Kyrie Irving has silenced all of the critics by having an absolutely sensational season and his Celtics hold the best record in the East. Giannis Antetokounmpo has also been in the MVP all season as he continues to improve year after year.

There are many more players, like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins (before his injury), that will get MVP considerations. Although, most of them have a slim chance at winning the award. Here are the top five players in the current MVP race.

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