There are three things that make a player the MVP. His impact on his team, his stats, and his team’s performance. Here’s the comparisons of the top MVP candidates and how they stack up:

Most Valuable to Own Team
1. Chris Paul – Last year at this point Clippers were 19-31. They add Chris Pual, they’re 29-21. You can’t deny the facts, he’s more valuable to the Clippers than any player on any other team. 

2. Kevin Love — Putting his whole team on his back, keeping his team in contention. Without Love T-Wolves are one of NBA’s worst teams. 

3. LeBron James — Tough call between KD and LBJ, went with LeBron. The Heat’s various injuries made LeBron the pick here, because without LeBron the Heat would have actually really struggled.

4. Kevin Durant — There are nights when he’s overshadowed by Westbrook, and his team would win without him more often than the Heat would win without LeBron. 

Best Stats:
1. Kevin Love – 26.6ppg, 13.9rpg, ESPN#NBAMVP rank: 6
Kevin Love is putting up ridiculous numbers. With his 51 point game, and his 40 point 19 rebound game, he’s having a ridiculously good statistical season. 

2. LeBron James – 26.7ppg, 6.6apg, ESPN#NBAMVP rank: 1
If LeBron’s PER can remain the same he will have the best PER ever. That’s incredible. He’s only behind Love because of Love’s amazing rebounding rate that goes with his scoring.

3. Kevin Durant 27.8ppg, 8.1rpg, ESPN#NBAMVP rank: 2
Kevin Durant is the best scorer in the NBA, and he’s always going to put up impressive stats. This year he’s scored less than the two previous years though. 

4. Chris Paul 19.4ppg, 8.8apg, ESPN #NBAMVP rank: 4
With Chris Paul the stats don’t show the affect he has on the game being played. While his stats are impressive, they’re not nearly as impressive as the stats of the players above. Paul’s affect on the game comes with his speed and leadership along with the scoring and passing which he of course also does well. 

Team Record/Quality of players of team (How well team has done compared to expectations)
1. Kevin Durant – OKC is living up to expectations with the second best record in the NBA, and Durant is a big reason why. 

2. Kevin Love — With Rubio out for the season the T-Wolves season is fully dependent on Love. He’s embraced this, and has gotten his team of NBA draft busts into playoff contention.

3. Chris Paul — The Clippers were expected to compete for the division and make the playoffs. That’s been exactly what has happened, and they are currently leading their division.

4. LeBron James — It’s pretty crazy for a team to be second place in the confrence and be underachieving… but that’s the case with the Heat. 

Who Should be MVP:
After looking at the three things that are considered when deciding who’s MVP, I’ve decided Kevin Love should be the 2011-12 NBA MVP. He has the best stats out of the four candidates, and has carried his team by himself like none of the other candidates. Love was the best player in the NBA in March, when he scored more than 35 points 5 times, including a 51 point game and a 40 point 19 rebound game. He’s been dominating every team he faces, and the teams play fully relies on him. If Love were not on the Wolves they’d be one of the worst NBA teams instead of a playoff contender.