MVP/RoY Rankings, Part XThe tenth edition of the Blogger MVP/RoY rankings has just been published at Queen City Hoops.
Here are links to my posts about the previous nine editions:
MVP/RoY Rankings, Part I
MVP/RoY Rankings, Part II
MVP/RoY Rankings, Part III
MVP/RoY Rankings, Part IV
MVP/RoY Rankings, Part V
MVP/RoY Rankings, Part VI
MVP/RoY Rankings, Part VII
MVP/RoY Rankings, Part VIII
MVP/RoY Rankings, Part IX
Here is my complete ballot for the tenth edition exactly as I submitted it (MVP and RoY votes are scored on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 and 5-4-3-2-1 basis respectively, so Bryant is my top MVP pick and Durant is my top RoY pick):
10-Kobe Bryant: Averaged 31.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 5.2 apg in March while logging 42.7 mpg, exceeding his season averages in three categories and nearly matching his season average in apg.
9-LeBron James: LeBron has probably dropped behind CP3 on most people's ballots but I can't honestly say that I'd take CP3 over LeBron regardless of the records of their respective teams.
8-Chris Paul: He is about to wrest the assists crown from Steve Nash and his numbers in March are just silly: 24.0 ppg, 13.3 apg, .553 fg%. I just don't believe that he is better than Kobe or LeBron and the MVP award should not be decided by the relative health of various members of the supporting casts in L.A., Cleveland and New Orleans.
7-Dwight Howard: There is a perception that his game his fallen off--and he did have a subpar game versus Cleveland on Saturday--but he averaged 19.6 ppg and 14.5 rpg as Orlando went 10-4 in March, securing the third seed in the East.
6-Kevin Garnett: His numbers are diminished because the Celtics win a lot of blowouts but he is a major reason that Boston has become a defensive juggernaut.
5-Tim Duncan: Often overlooked since his two MVP seasons, Duncan has the Spurs in contention for the best record in the West.
4-Amare Stoudemire: He has been getting a lot of mention as an MVP candidate since his scoring numbers took off but until his defense improves I can't place him ahead of Duncan and Garnett.
3-Dirk Nowitzki: Everyone saw his ghastly injury and everyone has seen him come back ahead of schedule to help Dallas stay in the playoff hunt. All questions about his toughness have been permanently silenced.
2-Tracy McGrady: Houston's offense revolves around his abilities as a scorer and playmaker.
1-Steve Nash: His shooting percentages this season are insane: .515 fg%, .483 3 pt fg%, .899 ft%
5-Kevin Durant: His shooting percentage has soared, even though he just had a 2-17 disaster versus Houston.
4-Al Horford: Nearly providing a double double a night for a playoff team.
3-Luis Scola: Scores, rebounds and defends.
2-Al Thornton: He looks like a future 20 ppg scorer.
1-Jamario Moon: I've been flip-flopping between Moon and Landry at this spot but I've got to go with Moon now based on games played.
posted by David Friedman @ 7:26 PM