How the NBA’s Top MVP Candidates Stack Up in the History Books

April 14th, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »
Stephen Curry and James Harden will have us believe that the NBA's MVP race is over, but let's bathe in historical perspective as if they're wrong.

Even though they're not.

In what will go down as one of the wackiest MVP chases ever, Curry and Harden are indeed miles ahead of the field. But these clashes aren't just celebrations of late-season surges and separation, regardless of which players emerge as foremost favorites or who actually wins.

Candidates are touted for their season's entire body of work, from beginning to end. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul all figured heavily into the MVP discussion for much of 2014-15, and their role in this debate, while seemingly futile now, is not irrelevant.

Besides, we still don't actually know who's going to win. And until we do, every eligible superstar, long shot or favorite, deserves an MVP-level fist bump—distinctive dap we will give them by sifting through our history books.

Each candidate—presented in order of increasing MVP chances—is pinning himself to historical company in some way. And in lieu of actually securing the Mauri ...

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