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NBA / Mar 13, 2012 / 1:30 pm

The Top 10 NBA MVP Candidates, Week 2

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook (photo. Jeff Forney)

The start of another week has rolled around, which means it’s time to tally up the stats for each of our MVP candidates for last week (Monday through Sunday). This week, several players have made significant strides both statistically and intangible-wise. Dwight has continued to play hard, despite the trade rumors buzzing at an all-time high last week. LeBron hit a clutch three at the end of regulation against Indiana, which always leaves people with nothing to say he can’t do. Wade stuck a fork in them, which is exactly what he’s expected to do by those who widely regard him as “Batman”. And Kevin Love has emerged as the undisputed champion of power forwards.

All these different things don’t show up on the stat sheet, but play an instrumental role in deciding our weekly MVP ladder. As the second edition of our weekly “Race To The MVP” Watch, today marks a new beginning.

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10. TONY PARKER – Last week: 32 ppg/6 apg/4 tpg
Last Week: No. 7, falling
Tony Parker torched Jeremy Lin and the Knicks for 32 points without one three-point attempt. They aren’t exactly the best defensive group in the league, but you can’t knock Parker for doing what’s expected of him. If the Spurs can keep winning and Parker can keep being the leader he’s been, his name will be brought up once voting begins. Only one game for TP this week, so not much to judge him upon. That’s the main reason he’s fallen down to 10th.

9. RUSSELL WESTBROOK – Last week: 24.3 ppg/5.3 apg/3.0 rpg
LW: 5, falling
Westbrook has been playing consistently as of late. However he hasn’t been shooting the ball as well. This week he went 6-20 in a win over Dallas, 11-21 in a blowout win over Pheonix, and 8-17 in a loss against Kyrie and the Cavs. He finally got back on track Saturday against Charlotte, shooting 10-14 with 23 points. His assist numbers dropped a bit but he’s still putting up substantial scoring numbers. This week, Westbrook falls four spots not because of diminishing play but simply because Howard and Love are playing at a higher level than him right now and are both the number one options on their respective teams.

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