To join the discussion and get your MVP comments on ESPN.com, respond to the NBA MVP Top 10 rankings using the Twitter hashtag #NBAMVP.
1. LEBRON JAMES, HEAT @KingJames
LeBron James is a beast : playing best basketball (statistically) of his career for the best team in the league. Simple. #NBAMVP
— Sébastien Desrosiers (@s_desrosiers) February 15, 2012
— Tony Parsons (@Tony_Parsons7) February 15, 2012
(Previous rank: No. 1)
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2. KEVIN DURANT, THUNDER @KDTrey5
#NBAMVP 1: Kevin Durant
— Jon Bruno (@thenew_superman) February 15, 2012
(Previous rank: No. 2)
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3. CHRIS PAUL, CLIPPERS @CP3
— Zebastian Widingsjö (@itszeb) February 15, 2012
Paul is certainly a top 3 #NBAMVP candidate because his scoring and passing has the Clippers not only as a playoff team, but a contender.
— Zachary J. Loesl (@mmm9731) February 15, 2012
(Previous rank: No. 5)
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4. KOBE BRYANT, LAKERS
#NBAMVP I'm pretty sure Kobe should be higher than four. Especially considering the team probably tank to a lotto pick w/out him
— Avi Saini (@Avi_RagingBull) February 15, 2012
(Previous rank: No. 4)
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5. DERRICK ROSE, BULLS
#NBAMVP Bulls 6-2 in games that Derrick Rose DIDN'T play in.Can we please stop with the D-Rose MVP talk...
— Fantasy Football (@FF_pickups) February 15, 2012
Rose was doing very well with 30 point games, and also racking up assists.Top 3 in the #NBAMVP race if his injuries weren't nagging him
— Mike Kepinski (@Ballrdude23) February 15, 2012
(Previous rank: No. 3)
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6. DWIGHT HOWARD, MAGIC @DwightHoward
#NBAMVP Agree with Dwight at 5. Numbers are up, but not affecting game defensively quite like previous seasons.
— The Hot Hand (@hothand4) February 15, 2012
— WillieFuentes (@TheKingMcNasty) February 15, 2012
(Previous rank: No. 6)
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7. TONY PARKER, SPURS
Once again under the radar, the spurs are dominating the regular season and with manu out, Tony Parker has carried them #NBAMVP
— Michael J Bridgman (@thehothand) February 15, 2012
(Previous rank: No. 8)
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8. RUSSELL WESTBROOK, THUNDER @russwest44
@NBAonESPN seeing him tear apart my Jazz twice this week...I'll let him have #8. #NBAMVP
— Braeden Jensen (@CanadianBraeden) February 15, 2012
— Bobby Piwowar (@Big_Game_Bob11) February 15, 2012
(Previous rank: No. 9)
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9. BLAKE GRIFFIN, CLIPPERS
— Josafat Pérez(@josafatperez) February 15, 2012
(Previous rank: NR)
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10. LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE, BLAZERS
(Previous rank: 10)
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What is #NBAMVP?
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Maurice Brooks is an NBA editor at ESPN.com. Follow Maurice on Twitter: @MoBrooksESPN.