For those who fear we're biased on this website here is how the Times (I don't buy it I hasten to add) summed it up at the end of its article about SPOTY:
"There is one person on the list, however, whose year has been so monumental that should he not win, it would for ever taint the legitimacy of the award. That man is AM: Wimbledon singles champion, Olympic singles champion, ATP World Tour Finals champion and world no 1. Yes he won in 2013, yes he won last year - and he probably would not have even been nominated had Britain not won the Davis Cup late on in the year - but forget the agendas, the regional favouritism and the desire for a different face: it has got to be Murray's year again".
I agree with that. There is little the others have done in comparison apart from Mo who has done a double double at the Olympics. That is more than rare, I think that Lasse Viren did it (later assumed with the help of blood doping) but Mo also did the double at the Worlds in between!
Some new kids have shown themselves as future contenders. If Max Whitlock goes on in later years he will stand out. Nice guy who just gets on with it!? If Froome had got a gold at the Olympics to add to his tour victories he would have been a contender too, rather than the Kenny's or Storey from Cycling but nothing as good as the list of achievements given for AM. Strangely now I think he has more support as his success has eclipsed the earlier negative responses from sports followers that did not like some of his early behaviour or statements.