The NBA MVP award is the most important in sports. Check it out: every single winner is either a Hall of Famer or on his way. No other sport can say that about their most outstanding player award - both the NFL and MLB are dotted with winners that make you go, huh?
Not so for the Maurice Podoloff winners. From Bob Pettit on to reigning MVP LeBron James, each winner has been elite. It's one of the best predictors of enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, and for that reason it is incredibly important and fun to handicap, which I will be doing at points throughout the season. So who's got the inside track on this year's award?