As we near closer to the end of the regular season, the debate as to who will win the NBA regular season MVP (Most Valuable Player) begins to heat up... chants of M.V.P. go around a raft of arena's as fans let the league know who they believe should win... with a hint of bias. No, Brian Scalabrine, 'The White Mamba', does not stand a chance!!!

In this article, The Fantasy Dudes check out the leading candidates for the MVP award this season, breaking down their season statistics thus far. However, before we get into that, let's take a minute to review the past 5 (well 4) winners of the MVP, and the stats they put up:

Ok, so the stats of those guys above are pretty impressive... but what is the one thing they all have in common? Each of their teams finished the season either 1st or 2nd in their conference, meaning that to be an MVP, your team must be a winning team. Keep this in mind as we now show the statistics of the Top 10 candidates. We have included their current record to give you some indication (names are in alphabetical order):

* Note, we have excluded Boston due to a number of players performing across the board. Same can be said about the Miami Heat, but we have included LeBron as a guide as he is current MVP.

Again, some pretty solid numbers across the board. Based on their current records however, there are only three players that fill the bill of their team currently sitting as one of the top two seeds in their conference: Manu Ginobili, Dirk Nowitzki, and Derrick Rose.

Whilst there is a case for Manu (best record in the league), he is really helped by others around him (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker), hence would probably rule him out. That leaves Dirk and Rose. If you were to take one of them out of their team, which would have the biggest negative impact? One could argue both. However, looking at their stats head-to-head, it is clear to us that Rose is the winner. His shooting is inferior to Dirk, however he beats him in points, assists, steals, three's and given he is a point guard, blocks (he averages more of them per game than LeBron James). Just check out how much Derrick has improved over the past few seasons... this season is shown in the red (all up on previous years):

If anyone has seen a Bulls game this season, you would see how much he means to his team. His quickness and athletic ability on the court is second to none, whilst his finishing (particularly around the basket) is simply unbelievable. This season, he has also developed a 3 point shot, making him a deadly player to guard (especially with that killer crossover of his). He is not only the Bulls #1, but this season, he'll also be the NBA's #1 (in just his third NBA season).

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