Can Chris Paul win the MVP award?

Chris Paul is averaging 17 points, 9.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports

Listen closely during tonight's broadcast as the Los Angeles Clippers host the Dallas Mavericks -- or any future Clippers game, for that matter -- and you're likely to hear "M-V-P" chants when Chris Paul heads to the free throw line. Because MVP voting isn't the same as All-Star voting, the biased opinion of the Clippers' faithful won't make a difference, but the team's performance has made Paul a legitimate candidate to become the first Clipper chosen as MVP since the franchise was in Buffalo. Can Paul actually win the award? Let's take a look at his candidacy.