Ranking the top 10 NBA MVP candidates

By Vincent Frank

The 2016-17 NBA season is reaching its unofficial midway point with the All-Star Game set to take place here soon. A whole lot of basketball has been played. Some really good. Some pretty darn bad.

But as we see every year around the Association, players and teams stand out more than others. This is where the NBA’s MVP list is built. It’s created at about this point each season. It’s then shortened to include the best of the best as the season itself progresses.

As players prepare for the All-Star break, some have surely separated themselves from others. A certain guard in Oklahoma City is putting up an astonishing season — his first without a former MVP in the mix. Meanwhile, said former MVP has fit in perfectly fine with his new team in sunny California.

Back east, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to top the rankings. Though, led by the likes of John Wall and Isaiah Thomas respectively, the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics seem prepared to challenge for the conference title.

These are among the top-10 NBA MVP candidates as the season draws on to its unofficial second half.