HoopsHype.com MVP Race
by HoopsHype / Updated: December 25, 2012

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.Carmelo Anthony (3) Latest Rumors
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Small Forward / 6-8 / New York Knicks / 28.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 46.8 FG%
Melo, who has never been selected to an All-NBA 1st Team, is a legit MVP candidate for the first time in his career. He's playing his best basketball surrounded by a bunch of veterans with plenty of experience on winning teams.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$19,450,000
$113,457,801
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.LeBron James (1) Latest Rumors
LeBron James
Small Forward / 6-8 / Miami Heat / 25.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 6.8 apg
Business as usual for LeBron James, who keeps flirting with triple-doubles on a nightly basis. Currently averaging career highs in rebounds and shooting percentages, free throws remain the only major issue.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$17,545,000
$110,088,413
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.Kevin Durant (2) Latest Rumors
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Small Forward / 6-9 / Oklahoma City Thunder / 27.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 4.2 apg
An even more efficient offensive player if that was possible. Will probably end up leading the league in scoring. A member of the very exclusive 50-90-40 at this moment.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$17,548,838
$52,561,253
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.Chris Paul (-) Latest Rumors
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Point Guard / 6-0 / Los Angeles Clippers / 16.1 ppg, 9.6 apg, 2.7 spg
Numbers don't tell the whole story about his impact on the Clippers. Excelling on both ends of the court once again.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$17,779,457
$77,314,464
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.Kobe Bryant (-) Latest Rumors
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Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Los Angeles Lakers / 29.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.0 apg
The NBA's top scorer. The Lakers are struggling, but Kobe Bryant shows no signs of slowing down.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$27,849,000
$249,284,108
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.Tim Duncan (-) Latest Rumors
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Power Forward / 6-11 / San Antonio Spurs / 17.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.5 bpg
Talking about not slowing down... Tim Duncan may reclaim the title of best big men in the game this year. Puts up Dwight Howard numbers while playing just 30 minutes a game.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$9,638,554
$214,347,709
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.Rajon Rondo (8) Latest Rumors
Rajon Rondo
Point Guard / 6-1 / Boston Celtics / 13.5 ppg, 12.2 apg, 5.0 rpg
Has finished with more than 10 assists in all the games in which he didn't fight Kris Humphries.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$11,000,000
$35,919,248
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.Zach Randolph (7) Latest Rumors
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Power Forward / 6-9 / Memphis Grizzlies / 16.8 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 49.7 FG%
The best player on the best team in the NBA right now. Started the season with 11 double-doubles in a row. A beast down low. His big man tandem with Marc Gasol has been devastating.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$16,500,000
$120,824,765
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.Russell Westbrook (-) Latest Rumors
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Point Guard / 6-3 / Oklahoma City / 21.4 ppg, 8.8 apg, 4.9 rpg
With James Harden now in Houston, Westbrook is even more of a playmaker this season. Sets up his teammates more (assists have gone from 5.5 to 8.7), but has not lost his aggressive streak.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$13,668,750
$30,018,206
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.Tony Parker Latest Rumors
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Point Guard / 6-2 / San Antonio Spurs / 19.0 ppg, 7.2 apg, 3.1 rpg
His shot is not falling like it used to, but knows how to run a team's offense.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$12,500,000
$82,446,521
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.James Harden (13) Latest Rumors
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Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Houston Rockets / 25.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.4 apg
Proving he was ready to be the No. 1 guy and keeping the talent-challenged Rockets competitive.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$5,820,416
$18,783,856
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.David Lee Latest Rumors
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Power Forward / 6-9 / Golden State Warriors / 20.0 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 3.8 apg
A more featured offensive player then ever before in his career. Leads the NBA in rebounding with 15.3 per game - more than double his career average. Trade value is sky high.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$12,744,000
$33,976,033
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.Josh Smith Latest Rumors
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Small Forward / 6-5 / Atlanta Hawks / 16.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg
Proving he was ready to be the No. 1 guy and keeping the talent-challenged Rockets competitive.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$13,200,000
$51,139,623
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.Blake Griffin Latest Rumors
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Power Forward / 6-10 / Los Angeles Clippers / 18.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 3.1 apg
Stat line is typical Dwight Howard, but a little bit more is expected of him in Los Angeles. Still trying to find his way.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$7,226,891
$16,071,840
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.Kevin Love (11) Latest Rumors
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Center / 6-10 / Minnesota Timberwolves / 19.6 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 2.4 apg
Typical numbers for Kevin Love except for the bad shooting percentages. May still not be fully recovered from the hand injury.
2012/13 Salary
Career Earnings
$13,668,750
$28,481,451