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2016 PBT Awards: MVP

LeBron James, Stephen Curry

FILe - In this June 7, 2015 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) watches as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry dribbles during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. For months, the Cavaliers’ megastar has lived slightly under the radar, if that’s even possible for one of the world’s most famous and recognizable athletes. While Stephen Curry rained 3-pointers as the new face of the NBA, the Golden State Warriors hunted down history and Kobe Bryant took his final bows, James remained in the background awaiting his turn. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

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Kurt Helin

1. Stephen Curry

2. Russell Westbrook

3. LeBron James

4. Kevin Durant

5. Kawhi Leonard

Stephen Curry didn’t leave any doubt this year. The MVP has been clear since Christmas, but the next four slots were more difficult and those players could be put in virtually any order. I put Westbrook second because he not only put up numbers but was the creative and driving force behind the second best offense in the NBA. Chris Paul was hard to leave off.

Sean Highkin

1. Stephen Curry

2. LeBron James

3. Russell Westbrook

4. Kawhi Leonard

5. Chris Paul

There are six legitimate candidates for MVP runner-up (there’s no debate or controversy about the winner, and any voter who puts anyone besides Steph at #1 should lose their voting privileges): these four, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. There’s no wrong answer out of that group. I wanted to give CP3 some props for how he kept the Clippers competitive with Blake Griffin out half the season.

Dan Feldman

1. Stephen Curry

2. LeBron James

3. Russell Westbrook

4. Kevin Durant

5. Kawhi Leonard

Curry had a season for the ages, the reigning Most Valuable Player making himself a Most Improved Player candidate. After that, the race is too close to call 2-5 with Chris Paul finishing a strong sixth.