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Fact: the 70th season of the National Basketball Association has been beautiful to watch with all-around performances by players who show their competitive drive each time they step on the floor. Nearly halfway through the season, it is always a healthy exchange between fans to discuss individuals who have made the most impact thus far.

 

Most Valuable Player Candidates

 

Stephen Curry

 

Curry has been the anchor of the Golden State Warriors, putting up 29.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 6.5 assists night in and night out. His quick-release jump shot and cat-like quickness cause opponents problems on a routine basis.

 

LeBron James

 

More than his averages of 25.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.1 assists, it is James' leadership that has helped the Cleveland Cavaliers reach atop the East, elevating their team play as they gear up for the stretch run.

 

Rookie of the Year Candidates

 

Karl-Anthony Towns

 

This 20-year old former University of Kentucky Wildcat provides the Minnesota Timberwolves a nice foundation along with fellow No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins. Karl-Anthony Towns is indeed a force to be reckoned with. Currently, Towns ranks eighth in blocks in the NBA and leading his team in rebounds, inching closer to the league's top 10.

 

Kristaps Porzingis

 

Porzingis can shoot, dribble, defend, pass, and is making the put-back dunk a nightly highlight. The 7'3" Latvian big man has been a pleasant surprise and a welcome addition to the New York franchise that is working its way to the Playoffs. Leading all rookies in the blocks department, Porzingis is in the conversation for Rookie of the Year honors as long as he keeps up this pace.

 

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Photos: Getty Images. Words by: Lamar Roque. Edited by: Community All Stats through February 4, 2016