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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

MVP/RoY Rankings, Part VI

The sixth edition of the blogger MVP/RoY rankings has just been posted at Hardwood Paroxysm

Here are links to the previous five 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.

Here is my complete ballot 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: Kobe "Nine Fingered" Bryant is still getting it done at both ends of the court despite a dislocated pinkie finger on his shooting hand. With Gasol on the scene, Kobe seems to be enjoying himself more than he has in years. Everyone knows that Kobe is the best player in the league, so with the Lakers on course to win at least 50 games the MVP voters have no more excuses to ignore him.
9-LeBron James: He has future MVP written all over him. However, that stat about Cleveland's record without him this season is more than a little deceptive: Anderson Varejao missed most of those games, too; the Cavs sorely missed the Brazilian's rebounding, defense and energy in those games, and they miss those things now, as we saw when Houston outrebounded the Cavs by 20 last week, beating Cleveland despite a great game by LeBron.
8-Dwight Howard: He is within striking distance of 22 ppg, 15 rpg and .600 FG shooting, impressive numbers for a player who is still developing a post up game.
7-Kevin Garnett: The MVP award is his to lose in terms of the mainstream media voters but I still would not take him over the physically dominant Howard, let alone the wondrously gifted Kobe and LeBron.
6-Tim Duncan: He just keeps chugging along and most people will not notice him until the playoff field thins out and the Spurs are still standing.
5-Chris Paul: Deron Williams lit him up recently but Paul outplayed Steve Nash in an exciting game soon after that and Paul has been the best point guard in the league so far this season.
4-Dirk Nowitzki: Until he leads the Mavs to a title he will have his doubters, even though he has taken a team to the Finals, unlike former MVPs KG and Nash.
3-Steve Nash: It will be interesting to watch the on and off court chemistry he develops with Shaq.
2-Amare Stoudemire: He is already very good but Shaq has declared that he wants to turn Amare into the best power forward in the league.
1-Allen Iverson: He is still a great scorer and his passing is underrated: Iverson put up at least 10 assists in four of Denver's first five games in February.


5-Kevin Durant: No one is really thrilled to pick him and yet most of us can't bring ourselves to elevate Horford's near double double averages over Durant's raw scoring numbers.
4-Al Horford: He dropped 15 and 20 on the Lakers--a few more games like that would put him ahead of Durant, who needs two weeks to get 20 rebounds and over 20 shots to get 15 points.
3-Sean Williams: His offensive game consists mainly of dunking but he brings energy, rebounding and shot blocking off of the bench.
2-Luis Scola: His numbers have been going up steadily during the season.
1-Jamario Moon: Like Williams, a great leaper who is putting up good rebounding and shot blocking numbers.

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posted by David Friedman @ 7:35 AM



At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 5:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am almost infuriated. I'm sorry, I am never the kind of fan or observer that gets all too subjective to shoot at other fans and their opinions, but I can't tell anybody this. I'm sorry, that MVP rankings is purely a scam, there are so few writers there that can stay smart enough to be objective. Often, they get feelings get in their way of identifying who's the mvp (and who doesnt know that I'm pointing their subjections to Kobe), you can even read it in some of their unprofessional posts. I've been sensing you like Kobe as a player, don't get me wrong huh, but you placing him at no. 1 is not because of that. Screw those links, it is wise next time to stay on your page.

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 7:14:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...


I agree with you that many NBA writers are not objective about their MVP choices. My selections are not about who I like or don't like but who I think are the best players.

At Thursday, February 14, 2008 12:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah that's what I mean. I've been sensing, like I said, that you like him as a player, but I am also aware that you had him at no. 1 in your list because he's the best not he's the player that you like. That's a commendable work!

At Thursday, February 14, 2008 1:13:00 PM, Blogger vednam said...

Where are all those people who voted Nash MVP two (and nearly three) times? Shouldn't they be enthusiastically making the case for Chris Paul this year?

At Thursday, February 14, 2008 1:25:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...


Actually, some people are touting Paul for MVP, though perhaps not quite as vociferously as Nash's advocates did in recent years.

Paul would make my top five or six, much like Nash would have in the years that he won, but I would not take Paul over Kobe or LeBron under any circumstances.

At Friday, February 15, 2008 8:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anymous reggie

chris paul should be 3rd in mvp behind kobe and lebron. the media has there favirotes like everybody does what the big thing about that. there bias too shaq and lebron wade rtc because there accessible nice guys who are great players and ave great personalities dont pity them because of that. kobe should be high in the mvp race this year but in other years i never felt that e was warranted to win the mvp. this year he is warranted and show greatness and toughnees trying to play through pinky injury. steve nash won the mvp because people in the press liked and he looked like them. there arent too many white players who have a chance to win mvp or have a argument to win it even though there are good white players in nba now. they seen a oppourtunity to give it to him and did. if he did what chris paul is doing there no doubt he mvp right now and paul is like 4th or 5th in most people ballot. also guards dont win mvp over big men like he did over shaq jason kidd didnt win over tim duncan in 02 when everybody thought he should of as well. now micheal jordan was a diffrent kindof black person so they made exception for him but for most blacks when a white is or does the same thing as him in like a mvp thing especially when it might be years till they see another white they get the nod and he did those two years.

At Saturday, February 16, 2008 6:41:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...


I think that putting Paul all the way up to three is pushing it just a little bit. Bigger guys like KG and Howard can have a greater impact on games. I'd need to see Paul take over a playoff series before I could say for sure that he is the third best player in the entire NBA.

I can't speak for others, but race does not factor into my decision making regarding the MVP. Nash is a great player but I've never believed that he is absolutely the best player in the NBA.

At Sunday, February 17, 2008 2:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anymous reggie

i would put him behind kobe and lebron right now his team is the best in west after 51 games who had that. i sure didnt i think he should get alot credit for that he has shown he is a domiant player for a point guard he averaging 20ppg 11assists shooting 47 percent from the field what more could you do to me he is thenext isiah thomas which is saying alot i know but he too me could live up too that he is dominant for his position and with the players on his team are not great there descandt players without him they win 20 games and not 35 he is a great player and diffrence maker.


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