NBA All-Star Game 2016: Top MVP Candidates for Annual Exhibition

February 3rd, 2016 by Andrew Gould Leave a reply »

As the 2015-16 NBA season zooms past the midway point, this is typically the time when everyone bites into a juicy MVP debate. Because of Stephen Curry, hoops fiends instead must settle for discussing All-Star Game MVP candidates.

The Eastern Conference has made considerable strides this season, adding some zest to Feb. 14's exhibition bout. All eight projected playoff participants sport winning records, which hasn't happened since the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign.

However, the Western Conference still holds a demonstrable edge in star power. After all, its roster had no room for Dirk Nowitzki and Damian Lillard.

Despite such overwhelming depth, the player with the worst credentials is the front-runner to secure MVP honors, which tend to go to a high-volume scorer from the winning side. This would bode well for the league's top superstar, but a departing legend is poised to steal the spotlight.


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