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NBA MVP Rankings
By Mike Jasko

With February now behind us, there are just six weeks remaining in the NBA's regular season, which means there are just six weeks left for the MVP frontrunners to make their case to those that vote for the award. At this point, it is basically a four-man race between Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and LeBron James. Curry and Harden have been the prevailing frontrunners all season long. Russell Westbrook missed nearly all of November but has played sensationally, especially since the first of year. LeBron has looked like his old self since resting for two weeks in January due to lingering knee and back issues and the Cavaliers' strong play has put him squarely in the discussion. Here is where they stand in my MVP Power Rankings:

1. James Harden

Harden averaged 26.7 PPG in February, his second-highest month so far in this season which could quite probably end in him capturing to scoring title. He had back-to-back 40-point games earlier in the month against Portland and Phoenix. He led the Rockets to a 7-3 record in February despite being without center Dwight Howard since January 25th. The way Harden has put his team on his shoulders during Howard's absence will surely be considered by the voters.

2. Russell Westbrook

If the MVP was based on entirely on the month of February, Westbrook would win by a mile. Westbrook averaged 31.2 PPG, 9.1 RPG, and 10.3 APG last month. The only other player to ever average 30-9-10 during a calender month in Oscar Robertson, who famously averaged a triple-double over the entire season. Westbrook recently put up a streak of three-consecutive triple-doubles, including eye-popping lines such as 39-13-11 and 40-13-11. Westbrook has helped guide the Thunder back into the playoff picture after their difficult start and has been doing so since February 21st without Kevin Durant. Much like Harden, Westbrook has embraced the challenge of playing short-handed and his play has been nothing less than sensational. He has the voters' attention now, let's see what he does with the rest of the season

3. Stephen Curry

Nothing against Curry's play as of late, he still could easily win his first MVP when this season is all said and done. His Warriors still have the best record in basketball, but the Grizzlies and Rockets have made gains on them. He had his highest scoring month (26.4 PPG), but it was his assists per game were down to 6.6, his lowest of the season and well off his season average of 7.8. Curry had some great performances, such as his 51-point explosion against Dallas on Feb 4th, and some not-so-great performances, namely his 5-17 shooting performance against potential Finals opponent Cleveland in which managed 18 points. It was his only sub-20 scoring total all month, but he could be measured against his performance versus another MVP Candidate in James. If the Warriors finish with the best record, it will be tough to vote against Curry for MVP.

4. LeBron James

LeBron has played fantastically since coming back from his mini-sabbatical. He averaged 24.4 Points, 6.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists for the month. The Cavaliers went 8-2 in February in games which James played. A 42-point, 11-rebound, 5 assist performance against the Warriors was probably the highlight of the month for James. Cleveland's record will be a key factor in LeBron's chances of winning the MVP. If they are right up there in the Eastern Conference and James continues to put up great numbers, there is still a chance that he could bring home his fifth MVP trophy.

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