NBA MVP 2012 Power Rankings: Nuggets Lack True MVP Candidate

The Denver Nuggets don't have an MVP candidate like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, but they find ways to win.

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NBA MVP 2012 Power Rankings: Nuggets Lack MVP Candidate

The Denver Nuggets are in a tough spot at the beginning of February. The team got off to a hot start, but the team is on a recent three-game skid. Now at 15-10, the Nuggets are still in second place in the Northwest division, but they are now five games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. The losses aside, the Nuggets are doing this without a true MVP candidate.

Yet, the Nuggets are now dealing with plenty of injuries, leaving Ty Lawson as the only starter playing for the team. Nene, Arron Afflalo and Timofey Mozgov are out for a little bit, and Danilo Gallinari is out for at least a month with a bad ankle sprain. Lawson, already playing a strong season, will need to step up his game even more. If he does, he could start making SB Nation NBA MVP rankings.

This week, though, the Nuggets have no one in the top 10 or anywhere in the picture. LeBron James and Kevin Durant are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in Tom Ziller's SB Nation 2012 NBA MVP Power Rankings. Durant moved up a spot, overtaking Kobe Bryant.

For more on the Nuggets, visit Denver Stiffs. Head over to SB Nation NBA for more news and notes around the league.

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NBA MVP 2012 Power Rankings: Nuggets Miss Out In Latest SB Nation Set

The weekly SB Nation NBA MVP Power Rankings by Tom Ziller are out once again, and as expected the Denver Nuggets do not have a single candidate in the top 10 or even in consideration. As we've seen throughout the first month of the season, the Nuggets aren't going to have a single player take the team on his shoulders for the entire season. There's a new key player every game. Maybe it's Andre Miller filling in for an injured Arron Afflalo or Ty Lawson. Or It's Danilo Gallinari scoring 37 points in a double-overtime victory over the Knicks.

But the Nuggets are playing in a division that has two players on this list. Kevin Durant checks in at No. 3, falling a spot from last week's No. 2 ranking, while Russell Westbrook moved from unranked to No. 10. The two teams will play each other for the first time this season on Feb. 19.

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2012 NBA MVP Power Rankings: Nary A Denver Nugget In Sight In SB Nation's Latest Set

The latest SB Nation NBA MVP Power Rankings by Tom Ziller are out and once again there are no Denver Nuggets on the watch list. The top three stayed the same again with LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant taking those spots, respectively. Chris Paul dropped all the way to No. 10 while LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyrie Irving went from unranked to Nos. 8 and 9, respectively.

If any Denver Nuggets player is to make a charge, it will be Danilo Gallinari. Gallinari averaged 17.4 points and 5.2 rebounds this season, which is well below the average of what the top 10 guys are putting up. Still, Gallo has been clutch for the Nuggets this season. He put in 37 points to lead the Nuggets to a double overtime victory over the Knicks.

Whether he enters the NBA MVP race, Gallo is certainly on pace to be the Nuggets' team MVP.

For more on the Nuggets, visit Denver Stiffs. Head over to SB Nation NBA for more news and notes around the league.

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NBA MVP 2012 Power Rankings: Nuggets Shut Out Of Latest SB Nation Set

There are no Denver Nuggets on Tom Ziller's NBA MVP power rankings this week.

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